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Rep. Rock warns Pa.residents about scam

March 17, 2007

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - State Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, is warning residents about a new scam thieves are using to get consumers' personal and financial information.

Victims of a "vishing" scam receive phone calls in which a recorded message claims their credit cards have been compromised. The message instructs victims to call another phone number immediately. People who call the phone number are then asked to dial their 16-digit credit card numbers, which then are converted into a numeric display.

Victims of the vishing scams cannot tell with caller ID devices the calls are not legitimate.

In a press release, Rock reminded people never to give out information such as Social Security numbers, account numbers, passwords or validation questions or answers.

People who receive calls asking for their credit-card account numbers should call their financial institutions directly to verify any potential problems with their accounts.

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