CREDIT UNION AND BANK OFFICIALS ARE CAUTIONING CUSTOMERS ABOUT A SCAM THAT COULD COST YOU…
PHONE PHISHING IS THE LATEST SCHEME BEING USED TO STEAL MONEY.
KNOWING THE FACTS COULD KEEP YOU FROM FALLING VICTIM.
IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR THE PHONES TO RING AT WORSHIP RADIO IN AUGUSTA, BUT SAM HEYNS KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG WHEN SHE GOT A CALL FROM SOMEONE ASKING FOR VISA CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.
":Pre-recorded voice, this is a Katie from KV Federal Credit Union and your account has been suspended.":
IT WASN’T LONG AFTER WHEN CO-WORKER NAN PARSONS HEARD THE SAME LINE…
":We’ve had several calls at least 4, 5 maybe.":
THE WOMEN NOTIFIED KV FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AND CONFIRMED THEY WERE THE TARGETS OF A SCAM…
IN ADDITION TO KV FEDERAL – MAINE STATE CREDIT UNION AND BANGOR SAVINGS BANK HAVE ISSUED ALERTS TO CUSTOMERS WARNING ABOUT THESE PHISHING SCAMS – AFTER DOZENS OF CUSTOMERS CLAIM TO HAVE GOTTEN A SIMILAR CALL.
":Lately the type of phishing that’s going on with the telephone is becoming more common.
SECURITY TECH BILL TOZIER OF KV FEDERAL SAYS A TWO CUSTOMERS HAVE HAD TO DEACTIVATE THEIR CARDS – BECAUSE INFORMATION WAS GIVEN OUT. NO MONEY WAS TAKEN.
TOZIER STRESSES THEIR EMPLOYEES WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBERS OR CODES OVER THE PHONE AND IF SOMEONE DOES YOU SHOULD ALERT YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION.
":Our job is to stay up with the perpetrators of these types of crimes and that’s pretty difficult.
SCAMMERS ARE USING TECHNOLOGY TO THEIR ADVANTAGE
EXPERTS SAY THESE RECENT CALLS HAVE BEEN TRACED BACK TO TEXAS, FLORIDA, DELAWARE AND CALIFORNIA, BUT THERE’S NO SURE WAY TO TELL WHERE THEY’RE ACTUALLY COMING FROM
":using voiceover internet protocol, using their computer to place these calls they can manipulate caller id.
MANIPULATING MAINERS IS PROVING TO BE A BIT HARDER THOUGH…AND OFFICIALS ARE HOPING THEIR CUSTOMERS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ON ALERT.