Police warn of resurgence in debit card scam

Police warn of resurgence in debit card scam

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police in northwest suburban Park Ridge are warning residents of the resurgence of a computer-generated phone scam that targets debit card owners.

Victims receive automated calls claiming their debit card account has been breached, and that they need to "reset" their information to use their card, a statement from Park Ridge police said.

The recording states to press "1" to begin, but by pressing "1" a computer system has been activated. The customer is then told to enter the 16-digit card number and expiration date, the three digit Customer Verification Value Code and their four-digit PIN code.

When this is done, the perpetrators have all the information to access the victim's debit card account.

Police urge residents not to give out personal information over the phone, including passwords or PINs. Banks do not use an automated system to ask for this type of information, because they already have account information.

Anyone who believes they have been contacted or unknowingly participated in this scam should contact their bank immediately.

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