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Phone scam attempts to get your credit card information

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We have received several calls and e-mails about a suspicious text message circulating around Wilmington. The text cites fraudulent activity on bank accounts, but consumers should beware.

“The number you have called is not a working number. Please check the number and dial again.”

That is what you will hear now, but this was not the case Saturday. Several people called the same toll free number in response to a text message they received warning them of suspicious activity on their Visa card. The automated voice asked for your credit card information, then disconnected.

The texts clogged up many people’s inbox; Michael Coburn is one of them. He called the number knowing it was a scam and entered bogus information. “I responded to it because I knew it was a scam. I was actually hoping to talk to somebody about it on the phone, so I could give them a piece of my mind. I just entered in a whole bunch of ones and responded to it, and just kind of laughed it off. If somebody did enter their information, they’re probably looking for trouble.”

Michael got the same text message twice, but from different senders. Many friends he talked to said they got the same message, but knew it was phony. “It’s kind of sad that they have to resort to that, and hopefully it’s nobody locally around here. But it’s kind of sad, I guess the way the economy is, if people can’t make it legit, they’ll steal.”

Other people we spoke to said they received the same text message from jennifer@hydrox.com and Jason@amestoy.com. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, banking institutions will never alert you about problems via text message.

If you receive a text about suspicious activity on your credit card, contact your credit card company, not the number in the message.

The Wilmington Police Department said if you feel that you have been a victim of a scam, call the Attorney General’s Office at 800-5-NO-SCAM.

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videoWe have received several calls and e-mails about a suspicious text message circulating around Wilmington. The text cites fraudulent activity on bank accounts, but consumers should beware.

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