Police are warning residents in the Norwich and Waterbury area of phone scams asking for immediate payment and credit card information.
One such scam comes in the form of a text message reading, “BANK ALERT: Your CARD is INACTIVE Please call 860-383-0727.” Both Waterford and Norwich police said these messages have been sent to residents of their towns.
According to the Waterford Patch, the number directs callers to a computerized recording claiming to be with the Eastern Savings Bank and asks for a 16-digit card number.
The actual Eastern Savings Bank, based in Maryland, has posted the following statement on its website:
Conn. State Police are also alerting residents of the scam.
SCAM ALERT: CT residents are receiving texts asking them to call a CT number to activate their card. Do NOT call or give your card info out!
— CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) December 4, 2013
Police say the bank scam isn't the only one circulating in Norwich – customers of Norwich Public Utilities have been receiving calls from someone claiming to be from a collection agency. The scammer says customers must make an immediate payment over the phone and threatens to suspend their accounts, according to police.
“Neither Norwich Public Utilities nor our collection agency will ever make personal calls of this nature,” the company wrote on its Facebook page. “Occasionally the collection agency may issue a recorded message as a payment reminder only.”
Anyone who has received a call or text message pertaining to either of these scams is urged to contact local police.