ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If someone calls to say your credit card has been deactivated and wants your data … hang up!
The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is warning of a new “Credit Card Deactivation” scam in the Santa Fe area, according to an AG’s Office news release.
Members of at least two and possibly three Santa Fe-area credit unions have been called by people who tell them their credit cards have been deactivated and they are asked to provide their credit card numbers and other information in order to “verify” they are the correct person, the news release said.
“This is a phishing scam,” the AG’s Office said, referring to the criminally fraudulent practice of trying to acquire sensitive information by posing as a representative of a trustworthy entity, often by e-mail or instant messaging but also by phone.
DO NOT RESPOND TO CALLER … CONTACT YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IMMEDIATELY TO REPORT THE CALL, the AG’s Office warns in bold letters.
The Attorney General’s Office has received reports that members of the Guadalupe Credit Union and the Zia Credit Union, and possibly Del Norte Credit Union have received these bogus calls, according to the release.