PORTLAND – Authorities issued a warning for Oregon residents about credit card scammers that were calling cell phones, pretending to be credit card companies.
The automated message says it’s calling from a consumer’s credit card company and a hold has been placed on the card. It then asks the caller to key in their credit card number.
The scam even tripped up some tech-savvy consumers, including Kelly Guimont. She works in the tech business and is used to thwarting email scams.
But when Guimont got an automated call on her cell phone that said her Chase MasterCard was locked, she thought it was legitimate. She has a Chase card, not a MasterCard, but she thought the detail was just a mistake.
“I hit one to continue and it said to enter your 16-digit credit card number to continue,” she said. “That’s when I knew something was up with it and I hung up.”
Oregon’s Attorney General warned residents to hang up on calls like the one Guimont received.
“We’ve been contacted now by more than a dozen Oregonians concerned about these calls,” said Michael Kron, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office.
Kron said people who receive the calls should call the number on the back of their credit card and speak to an authorized representative about the situation.