Phone scam targets Crossroads residents

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

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

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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