MADISON, Wis. (7/17/13)--Credit unions in Pennsylvania and Florida reported debit and credit card scams last week.
In Pennsylvania, roughly 100 members from Mercer County Community FCU and PennStar FCU, both of Hermitage, unwittingly provided their account numbers or debit card personal identification numbers to scammers Thursday.
Members received phone messages informing them that something was wrong with their accounts and asking for account numbers or personal identification numbers, Jerry Miller, Mercer County FCU director of lending, told The Herald (July 13). The message informed members if they didn't provide the information, their accounts would be shut down.
On Friday, both credit unions were inundated with calls from members who realized they had been scammed. It was unknown how scammers gained access to members' phone numbers.
In Florida, Keys FCU of Key West, reported as many as five debit or credit card thefts per day, instead of the usual one per week, reported The Key West Citizen (July 13).
Cards are most often compromised at local gas stations, said Scott Duszynski, Keys FCU president/CEO. The amounts withdrawn on the cards appear to be small and within the local area, he told the newspaper.
Duszynski advised victims to file police reports. Members should closely monitor their accounts, he said.
Once a card number has been stolen, it can be used in the same manner as the actual card, the Federal Trade Commission said.