SIKESTON -- Within the past week, several cell phone customers have been the target of a phishing scam. While officials continue to look into the fraudulent activity, it's been a learning experience for many.
The scam uses Montgomery Bank's name in an automated message, in an attempt to retrieve information pertaining to consumers' debit or credit cards.
"When we returned to our offices on Tuesday (after the bank was closed Monday) we were made aware of the scam as we started receiving calls from customers and non-customers," said David Jones, Montgomery Bank's chief administrative officer. He said the scam appears to have targeted Southeast Missouri residents, primarily in Sikeston, and those around St. Louis -- two areas in which the bank is most prominent.
"Unfortunately there have been a few people who have responded to the request for information," said Jones. "This has resulted in some fraudulent transaction activity on those customers' debit cards."
Jones said the bank has a policy in place to help those who have fallen victim to the scam.
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