The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 4, 2013

Romania-based debit-card scam targeting Mankato area

MANKATO — Telephone-scam calls apparently emanating from Romania are asking Mankato-area people to divulge their debit card information.

Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union President Nick Meyer said hundreds of computer-generated calls, to credit union members and non-members alike, have been made.

The caller claims to represent Minnesota Valley and says people’s cards have been deactivated and that card number information is needed to reactivate them.

Meyer said only a couple of people have been bilked, and both for small amounts. He said one transaction was traced to an ATM machine in Romania.

He said the caller ID number that has popped up on many calls is 973-448-2000, the number of a Township Hall in New Jersey.

Mankato police said financial institutions do not solicit credit card numbers from customers over the telephone.

Police advise people to simply hang up if such calls are received and, if information is given out, to contact the credit card provider to cancel the cards.

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