Chico Police warn residents of new phone scam

Aug 14, 2014 4:13 PM by News Staff

Chico police are warning residents about a new phone scam targeting the area called "spoofing".

According to a news release "spoofing" and is when a suspect changes the number appearing on the caller ID, in order to conceal their identity.

In a recent "spoofing" case reported to Chico police, a local business had its phone number used by unknown callers to contact possibly hundreds of recipients, telling them their bank account had been frozen. During the call, the recipients were asked to provide their account information.

The police department has released a list of tips to help protect you and your loved ones:

- Never give personal information over the phone. Legitimate financial institutions do not call asking for personal information.

- If you are asked to purchase a "pre-paid" financial card to satisfy the supposed debt, it is a fraudulent call. This is not a common legitimate business practice.

- Do not rely on the caller's statements. Always verify your account status at your local branch, or through your financial institutions secure website.


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