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December 7, 2012

CPD warns residents about new scam

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CHICKASHA — If you are speaking with someone over the phone and they are pressuring you to give them information terminate the phone call.

One of the best ways to fight this type of scam is to be aware of the scam and tell others so they do not become victimized.

If you have received a fake bank text message or have a question about a possible scam you can contact the AG’s Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029 or publicprotection@oag.ok.gov, or file a complaint online at "http://www.oag.ok.gov" www.oag.ok.gov.

Chickasha police Detective’s spoke with representatives from the Focus Federal Credit Union in Chickasha about these kinds of incidents.

CPD released the following statement:

"Chickasha police have been informed of an increase in phishing attacks on consumers and possibly credit union members. Individuals being targeted receive a text message or phone call. The automated message says the individual’s debit card has been closed and to re-activate the card they must enter their 16 digit card number, PIN, card expiration date, etc.  In some cases there is no number attached to the call.  This same type of phishing attack can also occur in a text message."

Local credit union representatives warned about the dangers associated with these types crimes.

“Don’t fall prey to these types of scams,” said Cheryl Urban, loan officer at Focus Federal Credit Union.  “We will never solicit personal or financial information. Do not respond to requests for information unless you initiate the request - this includes requests via e-mail, phone, text messaging or through the mail.” 

Urban also urgeed consumers to be vigilant to avoid debit and credit card fraud. Her fraud preventions tips include:

Contact the financial institution to confirm the legitimacy of any email that asks for the submission of personal or banking account information.

Check credit card and bank account statements regularly for unauthorized transactions, even small ones.

Make sure websites are secure when submitting financial information online. Check for padlocks or key icons at the bottoms of Internet browsers. Most secure Web addresses also use "https."

Report suspicious activity immediately to your financial institution or the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Contact your financial institution immediately if a phishy link may have been clicked or a suspicious communication responded to.

For more information about how to protect yourself from Identity Theft and Fraud, log on to "http://www.ftc.gov" \o "blocked::http://www.ftc.gov/" www.ftc.gov  or contact Cheryl Urban  at Focus Federal Credit Union in Chickasha at 405-222-0012.

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