LIMA — The Better Business Bureau in Lima has received numerous phone calls about a scam in which someone is attempting to get unwary people to reveal sensitive and personal information.
The solicitation comes in the form of a text message with a New York-based phone number, 646-524-1352. It asks people to reference U.S. Direct Express, a legitimate debit card program run by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
People who dial the number are asked to provide credit card numbers. The scam is being run on the Verizon cellphone network. Verizon also has received complaints.
“We strongly encourage our customers to refrain from responding to any emails, phone calls or text messages that are not confirmed to have come from Verizon Wireless, directly,” said Verizon spokeswoman Kate Jay.
U.S. Direct Express does not contact people by phone, email or text asking for credit card information or financial information.
Phishing scams, as such are dubbed, are designed to gain access to people’s financial information and accounts to drain accounts or steal a person’s identity.
Consumers should report such activity to Verizon at firstname.lastname@example.org or to call 800-922-0204.