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Telephone scam investigation continues

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By Becky Barnes

It appears that area banks and their customers along with Cynthiana Police thwarted any attempts by scammers to access bank accounts.

Cynthiana Ptl. David Powers said numerous calls were received by Harrison County residents on Wednesday asking for credit or debit card information.

The caller told local residents that she was representing a local bank and that bank security had been breached. The caller then asked for current account numbers.

Powers said that he believes only two residents provided that information. However, the accounts were blocked before any withdrawals were made.

“It was odd that there were so many calls to cell phones,” Powers said, noting that land lines and cellular phones were targeted.

He said residents’ Caller IDs recognized origins in Puerto Rico, Canada and Nigeria. Some of the residents said their calls came up “unknown” or “blocked”.

“I’m not aware of anyone losing any money,” Powers said.

However, he said through his investigation of one report, he discovered where possible forgeries had occurred in one woman’s account and has opened a felony investigation.

Anyone who has information about the scam calls, should contact the Cynthiana Police Department at 234-7157 or 234-7100.