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.
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. if it was from westpac why did you call st george 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 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.
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: 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.
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.
I would normally agree, but this is actually a legit fraud alert. Just be smart and don't reply but check your details from a separate source. This is what I did and found out it was a genuine alert from Westpac. Caller: Westpac Fraud Team
Looks like a scam message, but it's legit. I saw it on mobile and logged in to bank from computer and confirmed dodgy transactions.
Westpac fraud team number is (02) 9553 5636 if you need it.
I initially thought the sms was a scam, a random transaction for under $9. I checked my account online, was true. I contacted the fraud department and they closed my accounts that minute...it may be hassle for a few days (!?!) but good to see those thousands of bank fees paid over the years is working and grateful to the girl in the offshore call fraud centre who explained things not so clearly...but got the jist.
Caller: 0429 933 739
Today had an SMS from this # re a large charge to my Visa card.....it is real. Call Westpac & discuss with them.
I thought it may be a scam too when I got a text from this number re: "block placed on card ending **** for suspicious transaction"
Called our bank and our credit card had indeed been hacked.
If you get a text like this and you don't feel comfortable texting "yes" or "no" back (like myself) call your bank just in case!!
Caller: SMS from St George
This is not a scam. I received a text message from St George regarding a potential fraudulent transaction attempted using my card and advising me that my card had been blocked. I confirmed that this transaction had occurred via internet banking and called the bank on the number on their website. St George confirmed that they had sent the text message and temporarily blocked my card as a precaution. They are now issuing me with a new card. If you receive a similar message from St George I would recommend calling them as soon as you can to follow up.
This isn’t a scam. It is 100% legitimate text message from Westpac. If you have concerns, look up Westpac’s contact number and call to confirm!
yea i called westpac just in case and they said exactly the same. Caller: The Bank: Westpac/St George/Bank SA
Someone attempted to use my card in the US. After looking here and at another site - because yeah, it looked dodgy - I called the bank via a number that I know to be correct. My Visa card number had been stolen and was attempting to be used at Walmart.com. The bank blocked that and any further transactions from that Visa card number. I will receive a new card next week.
Note that if it was "skimmed", then the bank refuses to accept that and is attempting to claim that it is my fault for using dodgy websites online - something I do not do. And I have not made any online purchases for a year.
4 complaints this year
24 total complaints
Anonymous on 0450 120 990
Little Real Estate on (03) 8809 5590
I called back number (03) 8809 5590 spoke to a guy who said I've reache Little Real Estate.
David on 0488 466 824
Nice chap but calling with "special deals, today only"... honestly did primary school children...
Prime on (02) 9434 3900
I called back number (02) 9434 3900 spoke to a woman who said I've reached Prime.
EB Games on (02) 4342 6399
I called back the number (02) 4342 6399 and spoke with a lady that said I reached EB Games