Thursday, March 13, 2014 | NEWS
Bank warns of scam
FREDERIC - Bremer Bank is warning customers and non-customers alike of voicemail and phone recordings attempting to persuade people to provide personal information, including debit and bank account numbers and ATM PIN numbers.
Many people in Burnett and Polk counties are receiving the calls, said Glenn Meier, Bremer Bank manager at Frederic, who asks people to never give their bank information over the phone, unless they initiate it themselves.
“It’s known as Vishing,” Meier said. “People are getting calls at all hours of the day and night and, in some cases, they are being told their card is non-activated and they need to punch in their 16-digit card number to activate it.”
Bremer is currently working to shut down the vishing attack and to determine the extent to which clients may have been affected.
Meier says that if someone realizes they have given out their number to a non-authorized person they should immediately call Bremer so that their account can be cancelled to prevent any unauthorized charges.