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Telephone scam hits locals

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Paul Richardson

Area law enforcement agencies are warning citizens about a new telephone scam, saying they have received reports of people receiving phone calls seeking credit and card information and personal bank identification numbers.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department said “The calls, originating from Area Code 877, claims they are the Charter Bank Fraud Detection Department and states that a hold has been placed on your account. Then the caller requests that you enter your credit card number using the keypad on your phone.”

Opelika Police issued a press release Thursday saying officials have been notified from three different banking institutions in the area about the same scam is going on.

“The banks will never ask you for your account number, card number or PIN,” officials warn.

“Banks will not send you emails or text messages requesting this information, either.”

The Lee county sheriff’s office advises residents to ignore the calls and block the number they came from.

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