I have had several reports of a different type of scam circulating our area. Residents are reporting they are receiving text messages stating their bank account has been compromised and are given a number to call back. When the number is called, they are prompted to enter their debit card number. Most financial institutions will not text you such information.
THIS IS A SCAM—DO NOT GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR TEXT MESSAGE.
There have been several variations on this scam, as residents are also receiving phone calls with the same information from a number that they do not recognize, callers are representing themselves as bank personnel and are concerned about debit card usage—callers are asking residents to verify their debit card account numbers. All callers have been reported to have thick foreign accents. If you feel you have been a victim of these scams, please notify your bank at once and contact law enforcement.
Sheriff John D Merchant
Brown County Sheriff’s Office