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Law enforcement issue warning in response to new phishing scam

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Law enforcement agencies are warning residents about a phishing scam that has been circulating today.

A screenshot of text message that has been circulating.
A screenshot of text message that has been circulating.

The scam involves receiving a text message purporting to be from WESLA Federal Credit Union telling people that their debit cards have been locked. The test message also gives a number to call to resolve the issue. Some residents have even received automated voice calls.

Sheriff Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office want to remind you not to give out personal information by phone or text, especially bank account information. If you have responded to the text or automated phone call and have given out your personal information, you are encouraged to call the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-2203.

Detectives with the Bossier Police-Sheriff Financial Crimes Task Force are working to investigate this and other scams that look to take advantage of our residents.
The Bossier City Police Department is joining other area law enforcement agencies in warning the public about the WESLA Federal Credit Union text scam. Bossier City Police have received multple calls from people about the bogus texts but have so far not been contacted by anyone who has fallen victim to the scam. Residents who receive these text messages are advised not to respond or call the number on the text and disclose their banking information.