This week we use our blog to remind our community about a common scam. Always be wary of automated voice messages when you pick up a call. An ongoing scam is the one that alerts recipients that their debit cards are inactive, frozen, or locked. Oftentimes, these calls repeat and have an official and insistent tone.
The automated system prompts listeners to press 1 to re-activate the card and, once the key is pressed, the robot asks for their card number and PIN.
If you get an automated call—HANG UP!
If you are concerned about any of your cards, contact your financial institution directly to verify. Initiate all calls that involve sharing personally identifying information. Those are best practices to deter identity thieves.
For more information on identity theft protection, please visit www.hvshred.com