Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 11, 2014

Police warn of credit union scam

People advised to hang up if automated phone call asks for financial info.

From Staff Reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — You might be receiving a call from someone saying they’re with Financial Builders Federal Credit Union and claiming your debit card has been deactivated.

If so, hang up. It’s a scam.

Kokomo police say they’ve received complaints from local residents that scammers are falsely representing the credit union asking for debit and credit card information.

If you receive an automated phone call purportedly from the credit union, police advise to simply hang up.

If you entered your card information, police said you should contact the credit union to block your card.

Police said not to give any personal or financial information to anyone on the telephone in regard to these telephone calls, and to be cautious anytime you are asked to give personal or financial information over the phone.

Police said it’s difficult to prosecute scammers, so crime prevention is a good alternative to reduce fraud and scam victimization.

If you are the victim of a scam, please notify the Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and your nearest law enforcement agency.

To learn more on how to protect yourself against scams, you can log on to the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov.