Aspen police warn of debit card scam

By City of Aspen
Real AspenOctober 25, 2011
Within the last week the Aspen Police Department has been investigating a string of reports that have resulted in fraudulent charges being made to debit cards.

APD: Guard your banking information.

The department has also received extensive anecdotal reports on this occurrence from members of the community. Individuals are being contacted via an automated telephone system claiming that their debit card may have been used fraudulently. They are then given the option to verify their debit card information via the automated system or by talking to a bank representative. In the case that information is provided, it is being used to make fraudulent charges to the debit card. If you experience an occurrence similar to this, you are advised to hang up and contact your bank to verify the status of your account.

The Aspen Police want to remind you that under no circumstances should you provide account information over the telephone. If you need to verify the status of any bank information it is best to personally call or visit your bank. Although this string of frauds appears to be linked, it is important to remember that cyber criminals are constantly developing new and improved ways to solicit account information and make fraudulent charges. It is important to take steps to protect your finances. Three easy ways to protect yourself are by not sharing sensitive information over the phone/internet, not allowing your credit/debit card out of your sight and by shredding documents that contain sensitive account information. If you are ever suspicious about a situation, immediately contact the police or your bank.

If you have additional information regarding this scam please contact Officer Marcin Debski at (970) 429-1822. Please direct all media questions to Blair Weyer, Community Relations Specialist, at (970) 315-2478.

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