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Wellesley police warn residents of phony bank calls

Posted by Sarah Thomas  April 20, 2011 05:02 PM

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Wellesley police are warning residents of a phishing scam that targets residents by phone in an attempt to obtain sensitive information.

Residents targeted by the scam reported receiving phone calls from an automated computer voice during the day on April 20, according to an alert from the police. The calls claimed they were from Sovereign Bank and that fraudulent activity had been detected on the person’s bank account.

Callers were told that their debit card had been "frozen" and could not be used due to this fraudulent activity. Callers were then asked to enter their personal information to verify who they were.

"A check with Sovereign bank indicates that this is a fraudulent call,'' police said in the alert. "These calls appear to be going out at random, and have called residents who do not even have a Sovereign bank account. The calls have even gone to the Wellesley Police Department!"

Police are reminding residents not to give out their personal information from a call, and that residents concerned about their bank accounts should initiate calls with their banks themselves. The matter is being looked into by the Wellesley Police Department.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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