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Be aware, credit card scams are on the rise in the Ohio Valley

Updated: Monday, March 17 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

Wtov9.com

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- More and more area residents have been solicited through their cellphones the past few days as bank scams and credit card scams have made way to the Ohio Valley.
In some cases, area residents are getting a call from an alleged bank they don't even belong to.
These calls are becoming very widespread across the Ohio Valley and in some cases, more frequent. Some residents are reporting two or three scam calls a day, even at odd hours.
“It’s all over,” St. Clairsville Police Chief Jeff Henry said. “I know the Sheriff’s Office, Martins Ferry PD; even the officers here at the department have received phone calls on their personal cell phones.”
The scam calls began late last week -- at all hours of the day -- and are seemingly becoming more widespread, raising the suspicions of area residents.
Here's what happens. You’ll get an incoming call from an unknown number. Then, an automated voice will say, “This is X bank calling to let you know your master card has been locked for security reasons. The recording will then ask you to press 1 to unlock it and enter your card number."
Now banks like WesBanco are issuing security alerts, asking customers not to respond to these requests.
Late Monday morning, NEWS9 was notified of a similar scam from Peoples National Bank of Mt. Pleasant, which is also issuing its own statement.
Police are asking for you to use common sense if you receive one of the calls. And they ask that you be aware -- it’s all a scam.

Be aware, credit card scams are on the rise in the Ohio Valley


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