Maine State Credit Union customers targeted in scam

Posted April 26, 2012, at 12:26 p.m.

OAKLAND, Maine — Police and officials with the Maine State Credit Union are warning customers of a scam in which someone tries to pry personal information from them so they can raid the customer’s account.

In the so-called “phishing” scam, cellphone users from Portland to Waterville reported receiving an automated message Tuesday telling them their credit union-issued debit card had been frozen and they should call back and enter their 16-digit personal identification number to solve the problem.

The credit union’s president told the Kennebec Journal about a half-dozen of the 25,000 Maine State Credit Union members fell for the scam, but they didn’t lose any money.

Their accounts were immediately closed and they were issued new cards.

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Police say the lesson is never give out personal information over the phone.

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