Debit-card scam targeting Iroquois County residents

WATSEKA — A telephone scam involving debit cards has been reported across several Central Illinois communities, including those in Iroquois County.

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen said several citizens in Iroquois County have received phone calls with an automated message that informs the person that their debit card has been suspended. The message instructs the person to enter their debit card number and personal identification number (PIN) to re-activate the card. The calls are not from any financial institution.

Hagen said he recommends that anyone who receives this type of phone call should not divulge any account information and hang up immediately. 

“Your bank will never call you and ask for your account information or PIN,” said Hagen, “and if you receive such a phone call, notify law enforcement and your bank immediately to make them aware.”

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office has not had any reports of anyone entering their account information and having fraudulent activity on their account due to this scam.

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