Local Bank Says Customer Contacted by Scam Artist
Published on February 7 2014 2:44 pm
Last Updated on February 7 2014 2:44 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
A local bank said one of their customers has been contacted by a scam artist.
Angela Brown of First National Bank of Dieterich said the telephone scam works as follows:
--victim receives a call saying their computer is sending a virus or other fraudulent information. The caller volunteers to help them fix the problem
--The caller asks the victim to check the computer event log
--Victim finds a common, standard alert in the computer log identified by the caller
--The victim is asked to allow a remote login to the computer to investigate the damage
--The caller offers to fix the problem if a credit card payment is made
--The caller tells the victim the credit card does not go through and asks for a bill pay payment
--Victim makes the payment. A second caller asks for payment for the service.
--Victim relays the previous story. The second caller says the victim has been scammed
--Victim is told to shut down the computer to avoid further damage
As a consequence, the scammer now has all passwords to bill pay, online banking, credit cards and more
Here are the actions you should take:
--If after banking hours, call the number on the back of your debit card and alert them to the situation. Call all pertinent credit card companies.
--If after banking hours, GO TO ANOTHER COMPUTER and change your online banking password
--Contact your bank to discuss additional identity theft measures.