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Published January 27, 2012, 06:26 PM

Fergus Falls Police warn of debit card phone scam

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Fergus Falls Police are warning the community about a serious threat to their checking accounts. Scammers from across the country are trying to get debit card information from unsuspecting consumers.

Fergus Falls Police are warning the community about a serious threat to their checking accounts. Scammers from across the country are trying to get debit card information from unsuspecting consumers.

Police say victims are getting calls from companies claiming the consumer's debit card has been deactivated. The scammers say in order to get it working again they're supposed to press one, then enter their debit card number.

Detective Sergent Terry Eldien – Fergus Falls Police: “Never give out any personal information over the phone to anyone you don't know."

Law enforcement has heard from about 10 potential victims. Police say so far no one has been defrauded, which makes it difficult to track the source of the calls.

Det. Sgt. Terry Eldien: "If somebody is defrauded, or has fraudulent activity, then we have ways of going back and following up with that. Luckily, most all credit card companies have consumer fraud protection."

Police say if you suspect your card has been deactivated, call the number on the back instead.

Police say with new technology, the scammers can mask their number to make it look like they're calling from a legitimate company.

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