Thousands In The Tri-Cities Area Get Calls From Scammers Asking About Bank Information
TRI-CITIES, Wash. - A phone scam is rampant in the Tri-Cities area and now the FBI is investigating.
It started Thursday morning and authorities believe the scammers are located overseas.
They are apparently pretending to be from Gesa Credit Union. The C.E.O of Gesa, Christina Brown said they received 2,500 calls all day Thursday of people reporting the problem.
Scammers are apparently calling thousands of people, when the victim answers an automated message in a female voice tells them they are from Gesa and there has been a problem with their banking information.
The victim is then told to enter their bank account number, pin number and expiration date.
Bob Gifford of West Richland got the call at 5 o'clock Thursday night.
Authorities said Gifford did the right thing by hanging up and not giving any information. Gifford said, "If they call me, they can't get anything, can't get my phone number, can't get my address, definitely not by bank card number. It's a bad world out there."
Gifford said his neighbor also received two calls from the scammers.
The KNDU newsroom got numerous phone calls from people who got called by scammers.
Do not give out any personal information over the phone and only call Gesa Credit Union if you gave out your bank information.