ELLSWORTH, Maine — Law enforcement officials are asking cell phone users to be on the alert for an apparent scam.
State police indicated Friday that they had received several complaints from Hancock County residents about receiving suspicious calls on their cell phones. The calls have been automated messages telling the cell phone owners that their credit or debit card accounts have been restricted or frozen. The message asks the cell phone users to type their account numbers manually into their keypads.
The calls have been directed to cell phones with numbers that begin with the 266 prefix and have originated in the 601 area code, according to state police.
“It is important to remember that legitimate banks would never ask for personal information, such as a credit or debit card number, over the telephone,” Maine State Police Lt. Christopher Coleman indicated in a prepared statement. “This is a scam.”
Similar suspicious calls have been reported in Waldo County. Law enforcement and bank officials have said that anyone who is concerned about receiving such a call should contact police or their financial institution.