NOT a scam! I also received a Westpac Alert message from this no. this morning and was highly suspicious of it as I've been frauded before so I didn't reply. I then checked net banking and the transaction was identical to that noted on the message.
Still being suspicious of the unknown no. I called up Westpac directly and they verified that they had put a stop to the suspicious transaction.
If you receive this message. Do not ignore it. Call Westpac immediately.
If you receive anything from a half-arsed text message like the ones being discussed in these posts....DO NOT reply to them ever! Call your banking institution during regular business hours to dismiss any disconcerting alerts or messages. Going online to seek an answer is lazy and will only take you deeper into the rabbit hole, where the would be scammers are waiting for you. This forum is exactly my point!
Most of the posts in this forum are from the scammers themselves, they know people will reach for Google as their first attempt to understand why they received such an alert. The posts written here are bleedingly obvious they are from the scammers. This is their way of legitimising the alerts and messages sent to your devices, so that people may actually buy into them. If you carry out what the message is saying to do, then you are one step closer to literally putting your financial assets at jeopardy.
Take my advice, I have worked as a security engineer for 12 years, I've heard it all.
BE CAUTIOUS. STAY AWAY. THINK SMART.
if it was from westpac why did you call st george I received this today and called Westpac and it was in fact a real text. If you ever receive a text that is suspicious, you need to ring the source to confirm. THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT REPLY TO THE TEXT MESSAGE.
DO NOT BELIEVE THE PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD SAYING IT IS NOT A SCAM. BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SCAMMERS THEMSELVES.
I'm confused how can the same number be linked with both legitimate text from St George, and scam saying from Westpac? it sounds like a scam but in the cases where it's legitimate, it's actually them that tried to withdraw the money and they probably need mobile number to get the code to get it approved. I got this text saying from St George and I won't be responding back. I smell a giant rat Caller: Westpac - 0429 933 739
I called Westpac back directly on the 132032 customer service number and after passing my verification process was advised that this text message was correct and that I had a block on my card for a transaction that was for $0.00 (Apparently this is what they call a test transaction to see if the card gets cancelled before using it again). The text from this mobile number purporting to be Westpac is legitimate, but I would still suggest calling Westpac on the normal inquiries number if in any doubt, but it most certainly is legitimate.
Received a "Westpac Alert" text message this morning that looked a little suspicious. I called St George immediately and it was all legitimate - my card had been skimmed and was being used at ATMs in western Sydney. Immediately cancelled and sorted out with the St George fraud team. Great service. It's fraudulent. They send through a fake transaction on your internet banking to make the text look genuine.
Westpac (the real one) may call you and tell you there's been suspicious activity and ask if you want to reverse the transaction, they'll then send you a new card.
If in doubt, call westpac through the number found on their website or go into a branch.
THIS NUMBER IS FRAUDULENT.
Caller: St George
I called St George to check if this alert was legit and they told me their fraud squad issues the alerts. Westpac group controls a few different banks which is why the same number is contacting customers of St George, Westpac etc. It's not a scam.
Not a scam. Called Westpac on 1300 651 089 to verify and a transaction was found. Unauthorised. I didn't SMS back, just called Westpac. Would suggest that you call Westpac up if your card has been targeted. I still wouldn't text back as sorting over the phone gives me more assurance, but not a scam. This is a notification if your Credit Card has been hacked. Not a scam. Scammers pretending to be Westpac. Message received was "Westpac Alert: Transaction blocked on card ending 3460 at 'HEARTH INN #1254511586' for $12.84 at 9:34. If Genuine, reply 'Yes'. If Fraud reply 'No'.
Don't respond to this. Westpac don't call on mobiles.
Hi I got a text sayng card had been used and to conform yes or no? Called Westpac on 132032 and text was real. Someone had tested my card with a $10 purchase first before trying to buy a scooter at Scooter Hut Melbourne for $1125. I would never have checked for the $10 transaction. So call your bank if you get the text. Caller: ST George Bank SMS
Do not ignore This not scam received this message contacted ST George and they confirmed someone tried to use CC
St George Alert: Transaction blocked on card ending 9888 at 'TM STORE' for $254.92 at 8:32. If you recognise the transaction, reply 'Yes'. If you do not, reply 'No'.
Thank you for your response. A block has been placed on your card. A fraud officer will contact you via telephone within the next 2 hours.
Caller: St George
Got the text msg about a card that hasn’t been used in about 5 months, replied “no”, instant reply stated that a fraud investigator will contact me in the next 60 minutes, I purposely didn’t answer the call when the did ring and was left a voice mail where they stated they were from st george, my full name and asked me to contact them on the number on the back of my card.
There was fraudulent transactions, card has been cancelled.
Don’t give out personal info on inbound calls, always ring the bank.
Caller: Bank sa
Absolutely real, I contacted the bank afterwards to check and there absolutely a fraudulent transaction on my account. If in doubt call your bank.
Caller: Bank SA
SMS received about blocked fraudulent activity that was picked up by the bank . Didn’t reply as requested but called the lost card line straight away who confirmed the SMS was legit and my account was flagged.
They cancelled my card straight away, organized a new one and checked all my other bank accounts.
Caller: 0422 251 129
I received a text late this arvo headed Critical Alert. Says Access your westpac live account immediately or it will be terminated. Then has a http site to click on.
Asking to confirm activity on my credit card. I was suspicious and phoned Westpac. It was legit and my card had been hacked and used to purchase $2000 worth of stuff from office works. They cancelled the card.
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