Archive for Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Scams target bank account information

February 27, 2002

A banking official says area residents should be cautious about giving out account information over the telephone.

Judy Coffelt, retail banking coordinator at First State Bank and Trust, learned Monday about a telephone scam.

"We had calls from two separate customers who said they received a call offering them a credit card deal, but they had to pay a $152 origination fee," Coffelt said.

The person who telephoned the bank's customers asked for the name of the bank and the account number, and said a direct debit of $152 would be made on the account.

The credit card, the caller said, would have a $3,000 limit.

"The customer I talked to said this was an offer through Advantage Capital out of Houston," Coffelt said. "She contacted them and told them that a Jeremiah Anderson from that bank had contacted her. She was told there was no such person who worked for them and they had no promotion like that."

Tonganoxie Police Sgt. John Putthoff said no one has reported these calls to the police department, but he added that it's not wise to give personal information to telephone marketers.

Coffelt agreed.

"They're working our area and we certainly don't want anybody to be taken advantage of," Coffelt said.

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