Fraud Alert! From the Office of Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott

06/17/2009

Imagine receiving a text from your bank confirming you have deactivated your debit card and that if you have any questions you should contact them.  Of course, you immediately call the number in the text message to say you have not deactivated your debit card.  They are very apologetic and offer to instantly re-activate your debit card.  All they need you to do is verify you are in possession of your debit card and you are who you say you are. 

They then ask you  to read your debit card account number to them along with the 3-digit security code on the back of your card and then give them your social security number.  The only catch is the message was not from your bank, but rather a con-artist and now they have the information needed to drain your bank account and get your credit information.

TIPS TO KEEP FROM BECOMING A VICTIM:

  • Remember your bank or credit card company will not text message you.
  • Find your bank's phone number by looking at your monthly statement and call that number.
  • If in doubt, call the Fraud line.

"In this case the con-artist has tricked the victim into believing they have initiated the call, therefore  it is safe to give the person on the other end of the line their account and personal information.  Please remember if it was not your idea to call someone and you are doing so at the direction of another, then you did not really initiate the call." says Sheriff Mike Scott.

For assistance call the Lee County Sheriff's Office Fraud Line: 239-477-1242