The cell phone scam advises Verizon users that their debit card is compromised or locked. An automated message informs the call recipient to press 1 for further information and to unlock their debit card.
If you receive this type of call, police said the best bet is to hang up and not press 1.
A WRBI associate received this type of call Thursday. The automated message informed them, “Your Mastercard debit card has been locked.”
The employee does not possess a Mastercard. It is unknown if the scammer uses other credit card companies as part of the apparent hoax.
A large percentage of reported phone scams usually involve an international phone number. However, this is a domestic call from Nevada, phone number (702) 999-1234.
There is no need to notify local law enforcement unless you have given out your information to these callers. Local bank officials have also been made aware.