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Bank scam warning issued in Indian River County

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 12:13:21-04

Beware if you receive a call telling you that your debit card has been compromised.

That's the warning from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office after at least six different people were called and warned of problems with their debit cards.

Investigators say the caller will confirm personal information with their unwitting victim and later show up to collect the "compromised" card and any other cards associated with the account.

The scammers then use the cards for ATM withdrawals and buy money orders, the sheriff's office said.

“Banks will never ask you to confirm your PIN or personal information over the phone. They will never send a representative to your home to recover a card. Please talk to your loved ones about this scam, as all of our victims have been over 70-years-old," Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a statement.

The sheriff's office released several photos of people it called suspects who were identified during its investigation. Officials ask anyone who recognizes them to call Indian River County Sheriff's Office Detective Erin Burke at 772-978-6119 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).