A message from one of our regular readers alerted us to a clever trick in which scammers appeared to have taken over the phone number of a local church, which then forwarded victims' calls to a recorded message asking for debit card details.
The scam started out in a familiar way. Our reader -- let's call him Nick -- received a text message on his cellphone claiming that suspicious activity had been detected on his card, and asking him to call a specific number.
Because he's smart (and a Scambusters reader!), he suspected a fraud and checked out the number by doing a Google search. It turned out to be the legitimate number of a church.
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