Phone Scam Asking For Your Credit Card Number Targets Region

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

A phone scam is making its way throughout the region, asking customers for their credit card numbers in order to protect against future fraud.

The scam works by trying to make you think you're already a victim of fraud.

The caller tells you someone has made fraudulent charges on your card, and in order to stop it, they need you to give them your credit card number, right on the spot.

Fred Rooks of Colorado Springs says he got the call this weekend, asking for his sixteen-digit credit card number and claiming he'd already been victimized, "you know when that happens like that you kind get startled, at first."

But Rooks was suspicious and hung up, and when he tried to call back, the line was busy every single time.

11 News contacted Aventa, which was formerly Colorado Springs Credit Union.

The company is sometimes referenced in these scam calls, and a company representative says it has already started receiving calls from concerned customers.

Aventa's representative says customers should never give out personal and account information; if your financial institution needs it, they probably already have it.

If you're still unsure or think the call might be for real, a good way to keep yourself safe is to tell the caller you will call your bank back at its normally published number - this way, you'll know for sure you've got the right people on the other end of the line.

For more on this scam, and what to do if you get a fishy call, visit the website you see below.

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