This morning I got a text message on my phone telling me that “my receipt from a recent purchase at Wal-Mart was now available for viewing.” Well, I haven’t been in Wal-Mart for months. Needless to say, I didn’t follow the link (you only do that ONCE :smack: ), and I deleted the message.
I only have one credit card-- a Visa card with Chase Bank-- and I use it for everything. I went online to the account. I recognized all the recent charges, and there were no charges to Wal-Mart. I called the credit card company and they agreed. I asked the CSR if she had heard of this particular phone scam and she had not-- at least not yet.
I have alerts set up on my one Visa account so I get a text FROM CHASE BANK if a charge over $50 is made (even if I do it) and/or if a charge is made and the card is not physically present (even if I do it). (I urge everyone to go to their credit card account online and set up these alerts.) The text message I got was not from Chase Bank; it was from an unfamiliar 5-digit number.
Personally, I think you put too much effort into it making all those calls. You get a call you don’t recognize, don’t answer. You get a link in an email or text that doesn’t make sense, delete it.
You did that, but there wasn’t much point in continuing beyond that.
FWIW, I get a handful of ‘your invoice is ready to view’ emails, but they’re little more than "OMG, look at these pictures from last night [link].
Just a hacked account sending out links hoping someone will click on it and divulge their credentials.