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Police issue holiday fraud alert

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By Carol A. Clark

Con artists preying on unsuspecting consumers have targeted the local community this holiday season.

 

Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster has received reports from a number of residents receiving automated calls claiming to be from ZIA Credit Union and other companies.

 

“The caller tries to trick the resident into divulging account numbers, passwords and other sensitive information,” Foster said. “This is a scam and we caution the public to refrain from ever giving out personal information over the phone. It doesn’t matter who the caller claims to be representing, a legitimate financial institution will never seek that information over the phone.”

 

There have been sporadic reports of callers saying they represent other establishments apart from ZIA, Foster said, and he advises anyone receiving that type of call to hang up immediately.

 

A local resident described the call she received last weekend.

 


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