What to watch out for the next time your phone rings
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:05:46 GMT — Macon Chief of Police Steve Olinger would like to notify the public of a telephone scam which is reaching Macon citizens. Chief Olinger reports the police department has recently received several calls from citizens describing a new telephone scam. The citizens have described the call they received as being one which is automated and is being made to their cellular phone. The call recording states they are a local bank and are asking to confirm your bank card number and expiration date. We are also being told the caller ID is similar to the bank name and coming from what appears to be a toll free number â?? an 888 area code. The police department has been in contact with a local bank identified in the reported calls and has confirmed they do not conduct business in this matter. They assured the Macon Police Department they would not call to ask for banking information over the phone. Chief Olinger would like to remind the public to always be cautious in giving out personal or banking information to anyone who is calling and their identity cannot be verified. If contacted by a legitimate business or government entity, the citizen should be able to speak with a live person to obtain a name, department and an address or telephone number where the caller may be reached back. You may call the Macon Police Department at 660-385-2195 if you have any questions or concerns regarding â??phishingâ?? scams. If you feel that you have been a victim of identity theft, please report it to your law enforcement as soon as possible.