Scam alert issued
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
May 29, 2013 | 1012 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert regarding a possible scam targeting credit card holders. The scam includes getting the card-holder’s complete credit card number which can be used to make fraudulent purchases or money transfers.

Bob Gault, media relations coordinator, released information Tuesday from the Tennessee Department of Commerce.

“The scam appears to be legitimate but it is simply another way to steal your credit card information,” Gault noted.

“The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, through the Division of Consumer Affairs, has received reports of a credit/debit card scam that consumers need to be aware of to avoid becoming a victim. The scam targets victims through a text message that states ‘Your credit card number 4355xx has been deactivated,’” Gault said.

Instructions are to call 615-301-8561, to resolve the issue, according to Gault.

“When the consumer calls the number they hear a recording that states, ‘Hello, this is Regions Bank, please enter your 16-digit card number at this time,’” he said.

Residents are encouraged not to respond to the contact number or provide any credit card information.

Gault said according to the Division of Consumer Affairs, the consumer should contact the credit/debit card company to report the activity.

“The telephone number should be listed on the back of their credit or debit card,” Gault said.

There is additional information on scams and identity theft on the Internet at www.tn.gov/consumer, according to Gault.

- Cleveland Police filed a report for a burglary victim who said his guitar was stolen from his truck.

Drew Hannigan met with officer Chris Rucker to file a report. According to his report, Hannigan of a Worth Street address, said he had his new Taylor guitar in the bed of his truck.

Someone took the guitar and case, which together were valued at $2,000.

The incident reportedly occurred May 15, but wasn’t reported until last week.

- Detective Matt Jenkins of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is in charge of an investigation regarding the theft of cash and an iPod from a vehicle owned by Gabreal Gonzalez.

Officer Ross Wooten filed a report for Gonzalez.

The theft reportedly occurred while Gonzalez’ vehicle was parked at his Blount Avenue address.

Gonzalez valued the missing cash and iPod at $700.