Police warnof telephone bank scams

Posted April 16, 2009, at 9:08 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Waldo County law enforcement is warning the public to beware of telephone scammers claiming to be representatives of Camden National Bank.

Authorities received dozens of complaints overnight Thursday from residents who were contacted by fictitious “CNB representatives,” who contacted them on home and cell phones seeking account numbers and other personal information.

The scam appeared to be similar to one carried out in Penobscot County last week by people claiming to represent Bangor Savings Bank.

Complaints were filed at the Belfast and Searsport police departments, Waldo County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police, Police Chief Jeffrey Trafton said. He said the bank also received complaints about the calls from customers.

Trafton said that although most of those contacted hung up on the callers, one individual made the mistake of providing some information to the caller. Trafton said one number was traced to Montreal.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Robert Keating said his department traced caller ID numbers to businesses that when contacted said they had no knowledge as to how the callers managed to use their numbers.

“This is a constant battle because these calls could be coming from anywhere,” Trafton said Thursday. “People need to be aware that banks never call for that kind of information.”

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