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Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force Warns of New Batch of Phishing Texts

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is warning residents about phishing texts reported in the area today. The bogus text messages appear to be from the recipients’ bank or credit card company and may even include some of the numbers from their account. The fake text messages indicate that there is a problem with the account, request that the card holder call a phone number or click on a link, and then may ask for the PIN to the bank card or other personal information such as a social security number. Detectives remind the public that banks will never ask customers for personal identification numbers (PINs). 

If you are unsure of whether a message is fake, contact your bank directly, NOT through the suspicious text.

Phishing is a common practice in which criminals attempt to gain personal information from a person by posing as a legitimate entity over the phone, by email, or by text. The personal information could potentially be used to steal from that person.

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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