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Locals advised to be aware of debit card phone scam

WILMAR — People in the Willmar area have reported receiving automated phone calls from fraudsters attempting to gather personal information, according to a news release from the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

The calls are claiming that the recipient has a blocked, locked or stolen debit card. The recipient is then asked press “1” to continue. If the person presses “1”, an automated voice asks for the full Social Security Number of the card holder.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, fraudsters obtain area codes and prefixes from any area and then blast out phone calls in attempt of gaining personal information.

The Chamber of Commerce warns recipients of these calls to hang up and not enter any personal information. Recipients can also notify their financial institution of the questionable call.

Those who have mistakenly entered their Social Security Number are advised to notify their credit bureau and financial institution.