Local police agencies have received numerous reports of an attempted credit card “phishing” scam over the last two days preying on customers of Simsbury Bank.
Residents are receiving automated
phone calls indicating that their Simsbury Bank issued credit or debit
card has been suspended. The call advises customers to press “1” for
further information and then enter the card number and expiration date. A message then follows that the card has been “reactivated.”
Simsbury Bank officials confirmed this activity is fraudulent. The bank has
posted a fraud warning on their website reminding customers that the
bank "would never call you to request information about your account."
Several area police departments have reported similar activity.
If citizens receive such a call, they are advised to hang up and not enter any information. In the event information has been entered, citizens
should notify their issuing bank immediately to prevent unauthorized use and obtain a new card number.
The criminal investigation is ongoing.