[tabi] scam using cell phones and "hacked" debit cards

  • From: Erica <ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: ericamccaul@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:59:48 -0400 (EDT)

 FYI: Please read warning below sent from a local financial institution 
regarding a current phone scam designed to get your personal identification 
 Please be aware that several states are issuing warnings to consumers about 
automated calls targeting cellphone users with a scam that implies their debit 
cards have been locked due to compromise.  The calls show up as a 4 digit 
number on caller ID (595-5 is the most-reported number), and prompt the 
consumer to press the number ‘1’ on their keypad to unlock the card. Once the 
number one is pressed, the call connects to a live operator posing as a 
representative from the National Credit Union Association who requests the 
debit card number, address, and possibly a list of recent transactions. The 
operator may then also ask for the card’s PIN number. Several local credit 
unions have indicated that they are receiving similar reports from their 
If you receive such a call, you should immediately hang up.  It is unlikely 
that your debit card has actually been compromised; however, you should 
continue to monitor your accounts for unauthorized activity.
Remember that your financial institution will NEVER send you an email or 
cold-call you asking for personal information such as your address, your Social 
Security Number, credit/debit card numbers, date of birth, etc.; any such 
communication is most certainly a scam.  If you suspect that your information 
has been compromised, you should immediately contact your financial institution.
Investigator Robert Grasso
Tallahassee Police Department
234 East Seventh Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303
850-891-4395 Office
850-891-4685 Fax


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