EL PASO, Texas — With the evolution from emails to phone calls and now text messages, scams come in all forms and banking officials want to make sure you don’t become a victim.

A form of cyber fraud called “SMiShing” short for “short message service” phishing cost victims across America just over $54 million in 2020, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center report.

“It’s a worldwide problem, it is happening everyday, including here in El Paso,” said Jeanette Harper, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s El Paso office.

She said the scams can lead to giving out your personal information and being at risk of identity theft.

“Identity theft can cost if you don’t capture it right away. It can cost individuals thousands and thousands of dollars,” explained Harper.

Although text messages from banks are not uncommon, Amanda Williams, vice president of payment and remote services at GECU said “those (legitimate)…

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