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North Fond du Lac Police Department
Monday December 13th, 2010 :: 04:27 p.m. CST


An active credit card scam has been identified. Check the email/web message for full details.

When it comes to identity theft, the credit card phone scam is one of the oldest in the book. Before the advent of the Internet, there was the telephone, and telephone scams ran like wildfire. Now that the focus is on avoiding Internet identity theft, the light shed on phone scams seems to have dimmed, but it’s important that you realize these scams are still out there and are still active. The Police Department has recently been made aware of several incidents in which residents received phone calls attempting to solicit credit card information.

Here’s how the scam works: You receive a call saying that there’s a problem with your credit card and the account has been deactivated. In these most recent incidents, all of the calls were restricted and all were automated messages. The messages indicated that in order to reactivate the account, the residents should enter their 16-digit credit card numbers.

This is obviously a scam. Never give your credit card info out when you receive a phone call. Legitimate companies don't call you to ask for a credit card number over the phone. Don't ever give out your account number over the phone unless you initiate the call and you know the company is reputable.

North Fond du Lac Police Department
16 Garfield St
North Fond du Lac, WI 54937

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 920-906-5555

Captain Darren Pautsch
North Fond du Lac Police Department

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