Thanks to countless idiots, who despite more than a decade of warnings are still giving their debit card pin numbers away to strangers, there is a brand new debit card scam going on right here in the Valley.
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union is warning customers about a scam that is happening right now. Here's how it works: "Your bank" will send you a text message saying that your debit card has been blocked. The text will give you a number to call, where a recording asks you to enter your pin number and the expiration date on your card.
As most scams go, there is not a friendly banker on the other end of the line looking out for your best interests, but rather a criminal looking to buy a bunch of stuff on your dime.
"Once you enter that information, there are criminals on the other end of the line who will use this to go on a shopping spree," says Desert Schools spokesman Jason Meyers. "There aren't any financial institutions out there that will ask you for any personal account information, especially passwords."
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Meyers says there have been a few people who have fallen for the scam already, and urges anyone who receives a suspicious text to check out this Web site.