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Phone scam taking advantage of bank's name changeSubmitted: 09/06/2013

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
afox@wjfw.com


EAGLE RIVER - You can find almost any phone number using the internet.

That ability has its perks when you don't want to flip through the phone book.
But it can sometimes put your number into the wrong hands.

Scammers are going after Eagle River area customers of Nicolet National Bank. It's a plot we told you a little bit about Thursday. The bank recently changed its name.

Scammers call saying they need your card number to verify with the change.
Many customers like Debra Bellibeau's mother in Eagle River got a phone call Thursday morning.

"They told her, her card was suspended and she had been woken up by it," Bellibeau said. "She was kind of didn't hear the rest of the stuff they said."

She didn't give out any information, but she did tell her daughter she almost bought the trick.

"It was pretty convincing because she was looking for her phone book to find the name of the bank so she could call back,"Bellibeau said.

Scammers will tell you your card was suspended. They then ask you to verify your debit card number and expiration date so they can reactivate it.

Do not give out your card number.

If you have given out that information, contact the Eagle River Police Department for help.

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