Newest bank scam uses old tactics

July 31, 2013 • Local News

Roswell residents are again being the victims of calls from scammers who want to get a hold of private banking information. The “phishing” enterprise is familiar, but the named source bank is different. Anyone who responds to the calls using the phone number 505-845-4855, will receive a message from New Mexico Energy Credit Union of Albuquerque alerting them to the fraudulent use of their fax number for this scam.

This is the [auth] second time this year that Chaves County residents have been targeted. Releases were sent out in March by First American Bank, 111 E. Fifth St., warning the public not to be fooled if they receive an automated phone call with the message: “Your credit card or debit card has been disabled” and the prompt to enter their credit/debit card number and other account information.

A number of different institutions have been affected nationwide, including a Happo Community Credit Union, Mid-Kansas Credit Union. Wells Fargo, First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, and Atlantic Federal Credit Union. In one instance the victim reported “fictitious credit union.”

The scam is an old one with a new face and warnings about this scam date back to 2012.

Each call attempts to obtain sensitive financial information that would allow criminals access to personal funds.

Again the public is being urged not to follow any instructions received during these calls. Do not provide any sensitive personal or financial information to any unknown callers.

Those who have already revealed information about an account need to contact their bank or credit union. The financial institution will instruct the victim how best to protect his or her self. In most instances, accounts, credit/debit numbers will need to be changed and police reports filed.

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