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The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received several calls last week from citizens who were contacted via telephone regarding credit cards. It appears this activity is a scam, Sheriff Jamie Kinman said in a news release.
The typical scenario involves a person receiving a telephone call from a number that appears to be local. The number often appears on caller ID boxes with a 732 exchange and sometimes has a name associated with the number. Upon answering the phone, a solicitation is begun regarding a person’s ability to obtain lower credit card interest rates.
Sheriff Kinman encouraged all citizens to be aware of the potential for identity theft and other scams involved with such phone calls. “It is extremely important that you do not give any vital information regarding you or your bank or credit card accounts if you receive this type of telephone call,” He said. He noted that no one should ever give social security numbers, bank accounts, birth dates or other sensitive personal information to a person on the telephone if you receive an unsolicited telephone call.
Anyone who has received this type of phone call should contact the sheriff’s office at (502) 732-7010.