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Phone Scam Warning Signs

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Crime Stoppers warn people to be careful and to check back with their financial institutions if they suspect they may have received a scam call. Crime Stoppers warn people to be careful and to check back with their financial institutions if they suspect they may have received a scam call.
TRI-CITIES, WA- Local law enforcement and banks warn people to be cautious if they get a call from a suspicious number because it could be a scam.

Tax scams happen this time of year, but there are other scams, like phone calls some people may get asking about financial information.

The groups most vulnerable to falling victim to these scams are young adults on their own for the first time and the elderly.

Denise Henry received four phone calls from an "800" number over the weekend within two hours.  Because of that, Henry and her husband became suspicious.

"We didn't think anything of it.  We checked our voice mail.  There wasn't a message. We thought we better check it out and see what the phone call was about," said Henry.

Henry called the number back and it immediately asked for her bank account number.  She called her bank and found out there was some type of glitch in their phone system, but she did all the right things in case it was a scam.

Crime Stoppers warns people of the signs of scams.

"If somebody calls you up and says 'hey i'm with "xyz bank", we need to confirm your account information,' red flag," said Mike Blatman, Crime Prevention Specialist.

"Hang up immediately.  Do not provide any information whatsoever and then contact your financial institution to report it," said Brian Griffith, Gesa Credit Union Assistant Vice President for Marketing.

Banks warn people to be careful around this time of year.  They said sometimes the calls sound like actual banks.

"The scammers try to be as generic as possible to appeal to the most number of people," said Griffith.

Banks will never ask for account numbers or social security numbers because they already have that information.  Banks and other institutions suggest to check with them if you are not sure if a call is a scam.

Henry is glad she was not scammed and hopes this will help others.

"I didn't want an older person to be taken advantage of that might be living on their own.  who knows, they might be sick or something and then end up having everything taken out of their account," said Henry.

Crime Stoppers said there are multiple types of scams.  There are phone scams, tax scams, and even ones that are sent through text messages.  They want to remind everyone to be careful.




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