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05/25/2014 – SCAM ALERT!

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Scam Alert! – There have been numerous reports of calls to cell phones and home phones lately in our area.

If you receive a phone call that says one of your credit cards has been blocked or cancelled and they immediately ask that you push the number 1 on your telephone, hang up immediately.

If you are worried about any of your credit or debit cards, hang up and dial your bank or credit card using a telephone number familiar to you or one you get off your card or your bill. Tell them you just received what you think was a fraudulent call. They need to know!

Report this to your Sheriff’s or District Attorney’s office or ask them to whom should you report the incident.

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Warning signs of fraudulent calls or emails.

You receive an email or a phone call from somebody saying they are from your bank, asking you about recent activity on your credit card or account.
You are asked to confirm your credit card and bank account details by return email, visiting a website or over the phone.

The caller or the email claims that there has been fraudulent activity found on your bank account, or that your card has been cancelled.
You may be advised to contact a fake fraud investigations body, and discouraged from contacting your bank or credit union.

Protect yourself from phoney fraud alerts

NEVER send money, or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

Do not give out your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.

Do not open suspicious or unsolicited emails (spam): delete them.

Do not click on any links in a spam email, or open any files attached to them.

Never call a telephone number that you see in a spam email.

NEVER reply to a spam email (even to unsubscribe).

If you want to access an internet account website, use a bookmarked link or type the address in yourself: NEVER follow a link in an email.

Never enter your personal, credit card or online account information on a website that you are not certain is genuine.

Never send your personal, credit card or online account details through an email.

Order a your credit report every year to make sure no one is using your name to borrow money or run up debts.

As well as following these specific tips, find out how to protect yourself from all sorts of other scams.

Source: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/PhoneyFraudAlerts

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Written by 49 County News.Net

May 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

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