Fraud Alert: October 21, 2020
Please be alerted to a two staged scam that criminals are using to directly steal from the checking accounts of consumers in our area.
Involves the criminal making a call notifying a credit card holder that an un-authorized purchase was made on their card. The criminal then makes a phone call to the credit card holder posing as a representative of the impacted company such as Amazon or PayPal. The criminal, posing as the fraudulent representative, then provides a link to a webpage and directs the consumer to download a fictitious ZELLE® personal payment application to get their money refunded. Once at the fictitious ZELLE® site --- the consumer must enter information that provides direct access to their checking account.
The criminal uses the information entered at the fictitious ZELLE® site to directly transfer money from the consumers checking account into a source they establish. And until action is taken the criminal can continue to withdrawal large amounts, multiple times. Once the money is withdrawn from their account the money cannot be recovered.