Scam Targeting Cell Phones Hits GB Businesses & Residents - WBAY

Scam Targeting Cell Phones Hits GB Businesses & Residents

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Green Bay Police say they are receiving hundreds of calls from people saying they've nearly been scammed out of a lot of money by a call on their cell phones.

It's affecting Green Bay residents and large corporations alike.

For more than a week, the front desk at the Green Bay Police Department has been inundated with calls from people who say someone is trying to scam them out of money by stealing their credit card numbers.

"Hundreds. Hundreds of people are dealing with this right now in the Green Bay area," says Green Bay Police Lt. Chad Ramos.

A lot of scams target land lines, but police say this one is hitting cell phones of anyone and everyone, from employees at the police department, to our newsroom, to a hospital, even large corporations like Wisconsin Public Service.

"Last week, a couple of our employees were contacted about their corporate card," says WPS Public Relations Manager Lisa Prunty.

"People are receiving an automated phone call from someone indicating their credit card has been compromised, and they want the credit card number along with that three digit code," explains Ramos.

In this case, police say the scammers are calling several numbers simultaneously.

"They might hit a certain area and use the certain area code and do a mass number of phone calls through either local directories, any online information they can find on people," says Ramos.

When employees at WPS started receiving calls on their personal and business lines, one right after another, the company issued an alert.

"We immediately, as a company, not only sent out an email to all the corporate credit card holders, but our own employees to advise them this scam was going on," says Prunty.

If you receive one of these calls, police urge you to contact Consumer Protection.

If you've lost money, call police.

So far, police say they haven't received reports of anyone actually giving out credit card numbers, but worry with the sudden spike in calls, it could happen.

"It can happen to anybody," warns Prunty.

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