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Phone scam targets Crossroads residents

By Bianca Montes
Feb. 26, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:26 p.m.

Signs of a Scam

If you are told any of the following, chances are the call is a scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission website. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say "No, thank you," hang up and file a complaint with the commission.

• You've been specially selected (for this offer).

• You'll get a free bonus if you buy our product.

• You've won one of five valuable prizes.

• You've won big money in a foreign lottery.

• This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.

• You have to make up your mind right away.

• You trust me, right?

• You don't need to check our company with anyone.

• We'll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card.

Brad Richards knew it was a scam when he received a phone call Wednesday stating his Prosperity Bank debit card was compromised.

While he manages six accounts with the bank, which acquired First Victoria National Bank last year, none of them had an ATM or credit card.

Several residents in the Crossroads reported the same sort of call.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky said he's received many calls from residents in Cuero and Yoakum. Victoria Police Department Lt. Ralph Buentello said he personally was targeted by the scam.

The call, which comes in on an unidentified phone number, baits customers into providing their bank information under the premise that their account was locked, Buentello said.

Buentello said he contacted his bank about 7 a.m. and was told it was aware of the incident and was swamped with calls. At the time, he said about 70 people were on hold waiting for information.

Officials at Prosperity Bank could not be reached late Wednesday for comment.

Richards said his friend also received the same call and hasn't banked with First Victoria National Bank or Prosperity Bank for more than 10 years.

Buentello's advice to the public is not to reveal personal information over the phone and to ask any caller to communicate by mail. If anything sounds suspicious, he said, contact the bank to verify.



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