A Clarence Valley man has received scam text messages on this mobile phone.
A Clarence Valley man has received scam text messages on this mobile phone. AAP image - Larry W. Smith

No account but ‘bank’ sends text

LANITZA resident Colin Kempshall, 51, was surprised to receive two text messages from Westpac this week notifying him of unusual activity in his bank accounts.

What's more unusual is that he hasn't banked with the financial institution since he was 17 years old.

Mr Kempshall received the messages about 7.30am on Wednesday, and said he suspected a phishing scam immediately when he read the "urgent" request to follow an account review link.

According to Westpac, the link points to a fake website that might aim to obtain personal information or banking details.

Mr Kempshall said he hadn't heard of anyone else in the region receiving the same texts but wanted people to be aware.

"I get some scam letters in the mail from time to time, but never on my mobile phone," he said.

"It's just never-ending these days."

If you receive a suspicious SMS message claiming to be from Westpac, phone 132032 to confirm its authenticity.



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