Debit card scam targets Greater Kansas City residents

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A phishing scam is targeting residents in the Greater Kansas City area.

According to a spokesperson with KCB Bank in Gladstone, Mo., the scam is using an automated phone system to get debit card information from cardholders. The automated system states that the person being called has had their debit card deactivated and if they would like to reactivate the card to “ press 1,” it then asks for their card number.

So far, two phone numbers have been reported using this scam: 786-300-2335 and 785-300-2335. When you attempt to call these numbers a recorded message from the phone carrier comes on stating: “The customer you are trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time, please try your call later.”

Some area banks are posting the scam alert on their websites to warn customers.

KCB Bank stated it is important for the public to know that banks do not call direct or use automated phone systems to notify customers of deactivation or to solicit account information. Persons receiving those calls should hang up. Never give out account or personal information to a solicitor.

After airing this story on FOX 4 News, several viewers reported having been targeted. If you are concerned, you are urged to contact your bank directly.

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