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The FBI's Salt Lake City office is warning Utahns to avoid a scam circulating on cell phones across the state.

Residents are being contacted with a text message that appears to be an urgent message from their bank, said James McTighe, a special agent in charge of the FBI's Salt Lake City division.

The message reads, "Your card, starting with 5537, has been deactivated." It then lists a number for the customer to contact.

When residents call the number, they are asked to give personal information such as a bank card number or Social Security number, McTighe said.

"The FBI wants every Utahn to know that this is a scam," McTighe said Tuesday in a prepared statement. "When people get a text stating that their credit card has been deactivated, they may panic and call the phone number that has been provided."

He said people who receive such messages should call their banks to ask about their accounts and avoid providing personal information to those sending the text message.

Debbie Dujanovic Bertram, a public affairs specialist in the FBI's Salt Lake City office, said Tuesday the scam has been rapidly developing. She said at least 40 Utahns have reported receiving the message.

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