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Danvers police warn of phone scam

Posted by Sean Teehan  April 26, 2011 10:28 AM

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Danvers police warned residents of a phone scam that attempts to obtain sensitive banking information from its victims.

The Danvers Police Department issued an email and text message alert about the scam on Saturday afternoon. The recorded message people received (sic) "say the customers debit card has been deactivated and to activate it you must enter your debit card number and pin," the alert warned.

Danvers police Sergeant Robert Bettencourt said this type of scam not new.

"That's been going on for a while," Bettencourt said in a telephone interview.

About five people have reported to Danvers police they received these calls, Bettencourt said. The case had been passed on to the department's detective division, but Bettencourt noted investigating the case may be difficult.

"Those are generally tough to track down," Bettencourt said.

Danvers police officials are advising people to refrain from giving out personal information to anyone who calls soliciting it, Bettencourt said.

"When someone calls you and asks you for your information, don't give it to them is our general advice," Bettencourt said. "[Legitimate banks] have that information, so they wouldn't need to ask you."

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