Consumer Watch: New banking scam hits Kentuckiana

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

(WHAS11) -- Have you ever gotten a three digit text or call on your cell phone claiming to be from your bank? It's the latest scam to get your information and your money. Good Morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen has today's Consumer Watch.

WHAS11 got a letter from the Better Business Bureau telling us that local banks are being inundated with calls from concerned consumers who are being targeted by the latest scam.

"Some of them are getting texts, some of them are getting phone calls. It's coming up as three digits on their phone, in one case it's 499. When they call it's an automated call and they say there's been a security threat," Reanna Smith-Hamblin, from the B.B.B., said.

The automated message then asks you to key in your 16 didgit credit card number, the expiration date, security code and your four didgit ATM pin number used for transactions. 

"They're gathering all of that information and they're using that information as identity theft," Smith-Hamblin explained.

Several people have fallen for it and are out cold hard cash, others have been smart enough to avoid and report the scam.  That's why many banks are being blitzed with phone calls.  Let this scam serve as a reminder that your bank will never call you and ask you for personal information.  Remember, they've already got it.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send and e-mail to: consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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