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home : news : north central illinois   May 25, 2016

6/14/2013 5:06:00 AM
Credit card phone scam plaguing Illinois Valley

NT Staff

Another phone scam is hitting the Illinois Valley.

Area residents have reported receiving automated calls requesting people provide personal information including credit card numbers.

Many of these calls register as coming from the phone number (973) 448-2000, which technically connects to a Roxbury, N.J., city office. An Internet search of this phone number, though, shows it is associated with numerous reports of attempted phone scams in communities around the country.

Streator Onized Credit Union recently posted a warning about this scam on its website, offering the simple advice: “hang up.”

The Federal Trade Commission “advises consumers not to give out personal information — including their credit card or bank account numbers — over the phone or online unless they are familiar with the business that’s asking for it. Scam artists can use your personal information to commit fraud, such as identity theft.”

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous29367

I received the call on my cell phone yesterday. Not recognizing the number, I didn't answer. It did leave a short message on my voicemail stating my debit card had been restricted for Internet purchases and to press 1 to access the security department. My daughter also received the call yesterday on her cell.

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