PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There’s a new scam going around that involves claiming to be a major local bank.
Scam text messages are hitting phones claiming issues with PNC Bank accounts and one cybersecurity expert was targeted by this one and immediately knew it was a scammer.
“My reaction immediately was, ‘oh my god I can’t believe they’re trying to do this’,” said Albert Whale, founder of IT Security Solutions.
How did Whale know immediately that this was a fraud?
“I don’t have an account with PNC,” he said.
So, when the message came to his phone, the red flags immediately went up.
“Then I looked at the number to call, and there it was a 412 number,” he recalled.
While it was not a phone number associated with any PNC Bank branch or any part of the bank, he decided to give it a call anyway.
“Please key in your nine-digit…