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SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2005

Police warn of fraud scheme

Decatur police want the public to avoid becoming the latest victims in a recent fraud scheme.

The Financial Crimes Unit received complaints from citizens who said they received calls from people claiming to represent the "Fraud Prevention-Privacy Team" in Tempe, Ariz.

The callers sound official and ask for bank information routing numbers.

The callers repeat their desire to help people and provide a toll-free telephone number that police determined was a fake.

Police urge the public to:

  • Protect your Social Security number.
  • Never give personal information over the phone, mail, Internet or to anyone you don't know.
  • Shred unused credit card offers and bank statements.
  • Check your credit status with the three credit-reporting bureaus.
  • Deal only with companies you know or those with good reputations.
  • Review bank or credit card statements for questionable charges.
  • Take automated teller machine and credit card slips with you.

    If you are a victim:

  • Notify the police, your bank, credit card companies and the fraud unit at the credit bureaus.
  • Equifax — (800) 525-6285,
  • Experian — (888) 397-3742,
  • Transunion — (800) 680-7289,
  • Remove names from telemarketing lists by signing up at or (888) 382-1222.

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