Phone Scammer Targets Local Residents
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- If you recently received an automated phone call asking you to deactivate your debit card, then you're not alone!
Several customers of Grand Valley banks have been the targets of a phone scam trying to attain debit card and bank account information.
ANB Bank Customer Morgan Hoisington received the call yesterday.
"It was a recording and it said "Your debit card has been cancelled," said Hoisington. "To reactivate it, press one. Out of curiosity, I pressed one, and it asked for my account number. I knew it was a scam."
Grand Junction P.D. receives calls about scams and fraudulent charges on a weekly basis, and even a daily basis when activity increases.
"These types of things tend to come and go in waves," said Kat Porras, Grand Junction P.D. Public Information Officer. "They'll target a particular area for awhile and hit it hard, and then they'll move on to the next area."
Porras says it's important to contact your bank, and fill out a fraud report with the police department if any personal information is given out to these scammers.
Senior VP of Marketing for ANB Bank, Judy Zezula, says these phone calls aren't uncommon, but do not pose a threat to the bank's systems.
She urges customers to be cautious with handing out personal information, especially since the bank never asks for personal information via phone, mail and e-mail.
For information about fraud scams and phishing, visit http://www.gjcity.org/fraud/.