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Woman 80 and Harbor One thwart ID thieves
RANDOLPH, Mass. (3/11/08)--An 80-year-old woman and Harbor One CU, Brockton, Mass., recently teamed up to stop an attempted identity theft on the woman’s accounts. Last month, Irene Romano received a phone call from an individual who claimed to work for her insurance company. The individual said the company would visit her home for an inspection Feb. 21 (The Patriot-Ledger March 7). Romano was suspicious of the visit, so she called her insurance company to verify the appointment. The company said no appointment had been scheduled. Romano called the police, the newspaper stated. At the same time, the $1.520 billion asset Harbor One CU began receiving requests about Romano’s financial accounts. Leo MacNeil, senior vice president of marketing at Harbor One, said the credit union received money transfer requests via a hearing-impaired phone connection. Because the connection was hearing-impaired, there was no caller identification, he told the newspaper. The credit union didn’t honor the requests for money, and it alerted local police. Romano also said she received other phone calls asking for personal information, but wouldn’t give out her information. In another unrelated scam, individuals are called and asked for the last four digits of their credit card number. After the four digits are given, the automated message says that the number is incorrect and a full credit card number must be provided, MacNeil told the Patriot-Ledger.
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