Last week, Fort Morgan police were busy handling reports from alert residents who were receiving automated telephone calls. The electronic calls claimed to be from a bank, telling them their accounts were in jeopardy.
These automated calls use a computerized auto-dialer, a pre-recorded message, and are often referred to as “robo-calls” because they resemble a call from a robot. Most people are familiar with these types of calls, especially during political campaigns.
The calls residents received recently were from scam artists trying to trick people into giving personal banking information by claiming their debit or credit cards had been compromised. Calls were received on home phones as well as cellular phones.
In at least one case locally, the person receiving the call provided account information and had $200 illegally charged to their debit card.
Police are reminding everyone that they should not give personal information over the phone, by e-mail, or text messaging, especially if they did not initiate the contact. If you think you may have fallen victim to this scam, call the Fort Morgan Police Department at (970) 867-5678.
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