Victim of Phone Scam Shares Story, Gives Warning
Laura Berry OMAHA(KPTM)- Beverly Frazier belongs to two growing groups, seniors who have been scammed and those who have gotten bogus calls from convincing con artists.
"These individuals that reach out to our seniors are so good at what they do, they are so believable and so convincing," said Jim Hegarty of the Better Business Bureau in Omaha.
Frazier said it was a woman pretending to be with O.P.P.D. who swindled her by telling Frazier that the check she used to make her last payment hadn't been signed.
Frazier said the woman then asked for her debit card information. "I went and got my debit card, read the numbers off to her. Wrong thing to do. But as soon as we hung up, I just had a gut feeling. Well, why does she need your debit card number?" said Frazier who immediately called O.P.P.D..
When Frazier was told the call was not legitimate, she dialed police and drove straight to her bank. "My bank is only a ten minute drive from where I live. Just that quick, a transaction had gone through and it wasn't even in Omaha, Nebraska," said Frazier.
According to Hegarty, Frazier's story is not uncommon. "Once that information is divulged, the scammers take it, they sell it and the next thing you know, you may have money coming out of your account," said Hegarty.
Fortunately for Frazier, her bank was able to return her money, but she said the lesson she learned is even more valuable. "Always keep your guard up and when you are in a rush to get to your phone, still stop and look and check our caller I.D.," said Frazier.
O.P.P.D. says on its website that if you get a call and you think it's suspicious, ask for identifying information first. If the caller can't give you proof, hang up and call police.