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BBB: Do not respond to possible text message scam claiming to be Fifth Third Bank

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A possible scam is hitting people all over the Toledo area.

Several people contacted our station Thursday May 1 after receiving a text message. It claims to be from Fifth Third Bank and tells people there's a problem with their MasterCard.

"I caught myself. I think when you get a text your natural instinct is to reply. I'm glad I was able to sit back. Plus my wife told me slow down, slow down, this is not right," said Doug Sweeney.

The text gives the recipient a phone number to call. Representatives at the Better Business Bureau warn you to think twice before dialing the number or clicking any attached links. They say the people on the other end of this text message could be anywhere and will most likely try to get personal information from you.

"I wouldn't want anyone to get ripped off. More or less, I don't want my money taken by someone that's trying to make money the easy way," said Sweeney.

The Better Business Bureau says text scams are on the rise. It's more important than ever to look out for them. They also say if you ever get a text or email claiming to be from the bank, do not call the number listed. They say look up the bank's phone number yourself, that way you know for sure who is on the other end.

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