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Published January 30, 2012, 06:25 PM

State Bank and Trust latest victim of phone scam

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - It was a text message that came late at night, and buzzed thousands of phones here in Fargo-Moorhead. A fraudulent text message went out to countless State Bank Customers and non-customers alike Saturday Night. The scam involved cell phones, not home phones.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

It was a text message that came late at night, and buzzed thousands of phones here in Fargo-Moorhead. A fraudulent text message went out to countless State Bank Customers and non-customers alike Saturday Night. The scam involved cell phones, not home phones.

At State Bank today, customers continued to call in, wondering more about the text message received on their cell phones late Saturday night. Jeremy Ness of Fargo was out with friends, when their cell phones all started vibrating. Customers and non-customers alike got the message.

Jeremy Ness - Got Text Message: “So I kind of figured, yep, probably a scam.”

“Your State Bank card has been deactivated. Please contact us at this number,” with a 701 area code.

Jeremy Ness: “Yep, just ignored it.”

Jim Martin - State Bank and Trust: “The fraud and scams are so good and the technology makes the place a small place and so anyone is a target.”

Like so many victims of phone scams, State Bank finds itself in a tough spot; where does it turn to for law enforcement on this? Local, state, the FBI? Because so many scammers originate in other states and foreign countries, by the time police catch up to the scammer, they’ve already moved on.

Jim Martin: “A lot of these people do not even bank with us and they are getting the text they are blanketing the area hoping to get some of these customers because it makes them more believable.”

We are told some fell victim to the scam. Obviously the bank has taken step to close those accounts and issue new cards. State Bank put out a special statement on its website for customers regarding the scam.

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