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Debit Card Fraud Hits Local Bank
Sunday, 22 February 2009

February 22--  Customers of Montgomery Bank and Trust started getting automated phone calls Sunday morning claiming their debit cards had been deactivated.  Kendall Palmer with the bank said by Sunday afternoon several hundred customers had notified the bank about the calls.

"We were notified by some customers they were contacted by a courtesy call which was automated that their debit card had been deactivated.  As this call progressed, it also told them to provide some further information to get a new card including their debit card number and their pin number," Palmer said.

"There is nothing going on with Montgomery Bank and Trust that involves people's debit cards.  We would not call them for this information, we have this information," he reported.

Palmer says local law enforcement is investigating, but right now officials don't know where the calls are coming from.  

He advises anyone who gets such a call to hang up and call their bank for assistance.  Never give anyone your personal financial information because it can be used to empty your bank account, Palmer advises.

If you've had phones calls and provided anyone with information about your debit card, notify the Vidalia Police Department, the Toombs County Sheriff's office or your banker.

Kendall Palmer Interview on Debit Card Fraud


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