How to Avoid a Credit Card Scam Targeting People in Our Area

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Updated: 5/29/2013 6:39 am
(WDEF) Consumers are being warned about a new scam that has the appearance of being legitimate but is simply another way to steal your credit card information.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, through the Division of Consumer Affairs, has received reports of a credit / debit card scam that consumers need to be aware of to avoid becoming a victim.

The scam targets victims through a text message that states “Your credit card number 4355xx has been deactivated.”  Instructions are included to call this number, 615-301-8561, to resolve the issue.  When the consumer calls the number they hear a recording that states, “Hello, this is Regions Bank, please enter your 16-digit card number at this time.”

The Division of Consumer Affairs encourages any person receiving this or a similar contact to not respond.  They also advise consumers to then contact the telephone number listed on the back of their credit / debit card to report this matter.

There is additional information on scams and identity theft here.  You can also use the website to file a consumer complaint.
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