A text message purported to be from Bank of the Cascades is a scam, Medford police warn.

A text message purported to be from Bank of the Cascades is a scam, Medford police warn.

The message sent out this morning asks people to call a number with an area code in California's Central Valley to verify their accounts as part of a "protection program."

Police advise people to delete the message and don't reply to it or call the number.

Bank of the Cascades reported that it does not conduct business via text messages, and its security division believes this scam is being generated outside the United States.

Messages started popping up this morning.

"I received one on my department phone," said Detective Sgt. Kevin Walruff, head of Medford police's financial investigation section.

Walruff said in March a flurry of text messages claiming to be from Bank of the Cascades also hit, warning people that their accounts were being closed and asking them to call and provide credit and debit card numbers.

— Anita Burke