Garfield County DA warns of phone scam
May 21, 2014
Local residents have received fraudulent robocalls regarding credit cards, prompting a consumer advisory today from 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia.
The calls inform people that their Chase credit cards are locked and that they must provide their credit card numbers to address the problem.
Caloia said people should hang up immediately and not provide any information.
“This vigilance may protect their accounts. Cardholders who are concerned that something may actually affect their accounts should call their card company on a separate call, using the 800 number from their card or billing receipt,” she said.
Robocalls use computerized autodialers to deliver recorded messages to a wide range of callers. The Federal Trade Commission has stopped companies responsible for billions of illegal robocalls that have offered fraudulent credit card services, so-called auto warranty protection plans, medical discount cards and grant procurement programs.
This specific scam is not new. A news station in Seattle reported the same scam in 2013, and the Better Business Bureau reported in July 2011 that scammers had targeted Chase clients.