A Text Message Mess

Tuesday, July 07 at 09:05 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Let me set the scene: your friend John is rushing to get his daughter from school and his son to the soccer field, and he still needs to stop at the grocery store because there’s nothing in the fridge. In the midst of this everyday madness, he gets a text message from Google with a verification code. He thinks, “That’s weird. Maybe I should log in to my email and see what’s going on.”

Before he has a chance, he gets another message. It says:
“Google has detected unusual activity on your account. Please reply with the verification code sent to your mobile device to stop unauthorized activity.”

What should John do? Read advice* from the Federal Trade Commission on next steps if you’re in a similar situation.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 
 
Tags: Fraud Alert, Privacy and Security, Technology
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