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Scammers look to make more money off previous victims

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WESLA Federal Credit Union has handled hundreds of phone calls from concerned clients since a phishing scam started robocalling ArkLaTex residents asking for personal banking information, but the number of customers who actually gave out bank information is closer to 20, according to CEO Linda Morrow. 

Morrow says the affected customers are mostly senior citizens with an average $600-1,200 drained from comprised accounts.

Related article: WESLA scam continues, credit union works with those affected

"It was just a rash of phone calls- numerous phone calls- even to folks within our own sheriff's office here," said Bossier Parish Sheriff Lt. Bill Davis. "Red flags went up pretty quickly which is sometimes uncommon for some of these scammers."

The fake WESLA calls follow announcements from Target and Neiman Marcus alerting millions of customers that their credit card information had been hacked in a data breach.

Related article: Target: 40M card accounts may be breached

Related article: Consumer Alert: Security breach at Neiman Marcus

Target recently emailed customers affected by the breach offering free credit monitoring, but those emails were soon copied by fraudsters to direct potential victims to an unsecured website. Target confirmed to NPR News Tuesday the company had identified and taken down- about a dozen lookalikes.

Davis says that's the nature of the scam industry.

"What happened this weekend will happen next weekend and the following weekend," Davis said. "Criminal activity of this magnitude is not going to stop. We can't stop all this behavior. What we can do is try to help folks from becoming victims in the first place."

Morrow urges WESLA Federal Credit Union customers who answered the scam call and gave out banking information to call 1 (800) 453-4270 to block affected cards.

In response to recent scams, BPSO released a tip guide, How to Respond to Unsolicited Calls, Texts or Emailsfor residents.

 

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