West coast gang robs banks with texts, phone calls

Written by Cio
  • Cio
  • 3 years ago


A gang of criminals based on the West coast is robbing banks in the East, using text messages and voice recordings to target small, local banks and credit unions.

Dublin-based mobile security company AdaptiveMobile has been investigating the gang, which has been in operation for the past five years.

The gang starts out by getting a phone number in their target bank’s area code to send the text message from.

In the message, they ask account holders to click on a URL or call a phone number. The phone number takes them to a voice recording that asks them for all their account details — up to and including ATM PINs.

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