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Text message scam seeks victims' account information

Police are warning of a text message scam directed at Bank of the Cascades customers that has surfaced in the past 24 hours attempting to coax people into divulging credit and debit card numbers.

A lot of people across the Rogue Valley have received text messages saying "your account is being closed due to unusual activity" and to call the number provided, Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

"We had some of our officers receive the text on their department-issued phones," Budreau said.

When customers call the number, they are directed to a recording asking for their 16-digit credit card numbers or debit account numbers, Budreau said.

"You do not want to give this information out," Budreau said. "The Bank of the Cascades branches' phones have been ringing off the hook (Thursday) morning by people asking about the text."

The bank said it never conducts business via text message. Officials believe the message is generated by a group outside the United States, Budreau said.

"We do not yet know if anyone has fallen victim to the scam," Budreau said.