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Phone scam hitting the Tri-Cities

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It's a widespread scam that has now reached people here in the Tri-Cities, and it comes in the form of a phone call or text message. 

People we talked with regarding the scam say they took phone call from an automated system saying their Whitman Bank account had been charged with fraud and they had canceled it. Then they ask for your account information and Social Security Number.

 We found a scam alert on the Whitman Banks website saying customers and non-customers have been contacted by scammers. We talked with one man today who tells us he got another scam call this morning.  

"This was the second time I've had one of these," Frank Wollam said. "I had another bank from Yakima that people tried to use before trying to do the same thing. My first reaction is always try and contact the bank to make sure there isn't someone who's got my account information."

The Bank of Whitman website says these scams started going around at the end of March and have been accumulating since then.  They have even contacted the FBI in an effort to stop them.