Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit are warning the public of a recent scam surrounding criminals representing themselves as bank fraud specialists in an attempt to unlawfully obtain bank account information.
The Sheriff’s Office has received complaints since August of this year, regarding scammers “spoofing” phone numbers beginning with “800” and “864” and then telling people that they are with their bank’s fraud department. The callers will repeat the customers last 4 numbers of their debit card and then request for the customer to “confirm” their account number. After obtaining customer account numbers, the scammers are stealing money from their accounts.
GCSO Investigators want to reiterate to never provide personal or account information over the phone to people you do not recognize. Also, in the event of potential fraudulent activity, most banks will call or electronically send a list of the most recent transactions and then request for the customer to confirm or deny these transactions. Banks should not request account information when calling for suspicious activity.
If you receive these types of calls, please call your bank directly and report the activity to the fraud department and then call the Sheriff’s Office at 864-467-5300 to file a report.