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. 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.
Westpac is St George, they are the same bank! Caller: Westpac
I got a message from this number after I made a purchase. I’m pretty sure it is a scam and I didn’t reply back. If you did want to get further information I guess you could call westpac but I thought there was no need.
Caller: St George
Received following message this morning:
St George Alert: Block placed on card ending (****) for suspicious transaction at 'J CREW' for $0.00 at 6:07. If Genuine, reply 'Yes'. If Fraud reply 'No'.
Thought it might have been a scam text so googled the number it came from and found this particular site. Rang the fraud dept of bank and they confirmed that the attempted transaction did occur and that our credit card is now blocked. Advised to cut up our credit cards and are now being issued new cards. If in doubt, ring your bank directly to be sure
Caller: St George
Got a text today.
St George alert: Block placed on card ending xxxx for suspicious transaction at 'J CREW' for $0.00 at 6:13. If Genuine, reply 'Yes'. If Fraud reply 'No'.
Didn't trust it and called St George on their usual number and it turns out it was legit. Anyhow, it's always better to be safe and not trust texts like this!
It is a legit message. After wasting 30 mins stressing about it and reading all of the is this a scam or not, I rang the bank. Credit Card is now cancelled. NOT A HOAX if in doubt ring the bank
Not a scam.
I too was suspicious at first but did reply. I then got a call from (02) 9845 4000 and I asked them to confirm a lot of my details back to me before discussing anything. The call was from a Westpac staff with a foreign accent, working for Fraud team. I also saw the suspicious transaction as pending on the card in online banking. The transaction was blocked, card was cancelled and a new card ordered by that caller. They also check your address for the new card to be mailed out.
Received an SMS from this number and it was legit from Westpac. The potential fraud activity on my bank account it referred to is legitimately on my account.
Caller: St George Bank
It was St George Bank alerting me to suspicious transaction - I verified this at online banking - a debit transaction from 'BRICPRIC.COM'
I don't know them, have never done business - let alone a transaction at 3.28 am in the morning.
St George in the process of issuing new debit Visa card and crediting my account.
6 complaints this year
28 total complaints
Anonymous on 0416 943 462
Hung up when I answered.
I Called Back on 0419 362 539
I rang back the number 0419 362 539 once but got disconnected
Anonymous on +61 6188208531
Strange number been calling.
I reversed called to hear a rather different ring tone and I hung up
Anonymous on 0480 034 346
Hung up after a coup-le of seconds of silence.
Anonymous on 0469 747 548
He told me that my IP address was not secure and he was with Telstra and they have a duty to make...