Automated Phone Scam Hitting Southern Oregon

, Posted: Tue, January 7 2014 at 5:01 PM, Updated: Tue, January 7 2014 at 10:28 PM

Phone scammers are taking a new tactic, using automated messages. And they're targeting Southern Oregon residents right now.

We've had a number of calls from people saying they're getting an automated call from credit card companies.

It says their card number is locked and asks for personal information to unlock it.

Genty Edwards from Coos Bay says she got the call around eleven last night.

She posted on Facebook to warn others, only to find many had gotten the same call.

She says "for a split second I thought gosh should I do that, but then I was just like no wait a minute when I woke up a little bit, I just don't want anything bad to happen to anybody else."

Just a reminder, if you get calls from unknown numbers be on high alert and do not give your personal information over the phone.

If you did get that phone call and released any information, there are steps you will want to take.

Report the fraud. In most cases you'd file a report with the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission.

Make sure your phone number is on the do not call registry.

Check your credit report to make sure there are not any fraudulent accounts opened.

Watch your bank account or credit card statements closely for any unwanted charges.

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