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March 11, 2014

EPD: MasterCard calls probably a scam

ENID, Okla. — Enid residents have been receiving calls from a recorded message claiming to be from MasterCard, but Enid Police Department is warning that it probably is a scam to steal money.

Capt. Jack Morris, EPD spokesman, said he’s personally heard of several people who’ve gotten the call, which has no return phone number and shows up on Caller ID as all zeroes.

Once someone answers the phone, a recorded voice says there is a problem with the victim’s MasterCard account and prompts the person to press the number 1 to continue.

“Even people at the police department have received this,” Morris said. “I just want to put the word out to people that it could possibly be a fraud.”

Morris said he doesn’t know if the calls are going only to MasterCard customers, but he has not heard from anyone who’s fallen for the scam.

“We’re not certain what it is, but we suggest you don’t press 1,” he said.

If MasterCard, or any other debit or credit card provider or financial institution has encountered an issue with your account, an automated telephone call is an unlikely way to relay that information.

For those who receive the call and are MasterCard customers, Morris recommends calling the financial institution that issued the card directly and ask if there is a problem with the account.

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