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    Sheriff warns of national phone scam hitting Tennessee

    Something similar happened to me some months ago except it wasn't done late in the evening or at night but the same information was given and requested. The call came while I was out, so I returned the call. It went to a recorded message where I was prompted to type in my credit card number. Of course I didn't and hit "0" for an operator - which most legit companies have that feature. This company's "0" feature didn't work so the recorded message kept being repeated. There was NO way to contact anyone for more information and I wasn't about to give out any of MY info to something I couldn't identify. THAT's when it dawned on me that it was a phone-phishing scam.

    I called the phone company to file a complaint and I filed a complaint online - with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), I believe it was (I really don't remember now). Since then I've seen the same scam being mentioned a few times but nothing like what's mentioned in the article.
    It IS real and it IS happening! NEVER give out ANY banking or personal information over the phone unless YOU are the one calling YOUR bank, credit card company, etc.!!!
    Tell your family, friends and neighbors to BE AWARE and BE CAREFUL!!

    Sheriff warns of national phone scam hitting Tennessee

    Posted: Friday, January 30, 2009 12:39 am

    January 28, 2009 - While authorities don't know how many people were called, they're stating this one of the most serious phone scams they've ever seen.

    Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said residents of Tennessee and Missouri
    are the most recent recipients of a nationwide phone-phishing scam.

    The robocalls, often at late hours of the night, say the security of either the recipient's bank account or credit card has been compromised and to type in their account number.

    "This is a real scam, a serious one. One of the surprising things is, they got a call right before midnight. That was an amazing thing in that it woke [them] up out of a sleep and said 'This has just happened to you',"Ashe said

    "If you're scamming, that might cause somebody to give you their number out of the urgency of the time of the morning. Again, it's just part of their methodology, to put you in that crisis mode when you can't get ahold of your

    "They contact you at hours when your banker isn't available, when they know your bank is closed."

    Ashe and local bank president Randall Clemmons, of Wilson Bank and Trust, said banks will never call asking for your information.

    "Do not give any vital information out over the telephone. Banks do not solicit that over the telephone. Do not give it to anybody," Ashe said.

    Clemmons noted that if someone calls the bank themselves, their information may be asked for to verify their identity as the account holder.

    "This is the most wide-spread scam we have seen ... [We] encourage people to never give out banking information over the phone," he said.

    "Remember, your bank will never call asking for this information when they
    already have it."

    The sheriff also asked that citizens call and let relatives know the scam is going on to prevent further victims.

    Ashe said if anyone has given up their account information, to cancel that
    card immediately.

    "The federal government has gotten involved in it. If you have given your number to anybody, you need to contact your credit card or bank right now, and let them know you've given out either private PIN numbers or vital information," he said.

    "You don't want to wake up one day and realize you don't have any money in your bank account. That's a real possibility.

    "If you have [given information], you need to have your credit card canceled
    and a new card issued.

    "It's that good of a scam. They pulled it off pretty quick, in a couple weeks, and the federal government is looking into it."

    Staff Writer Hilary Trenda may be reached at 444-3952 ext. 45 or by e-mail at

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