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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Officials warn of scam text message

  • A text message that was sent to people in the community regarding the deactivation of a financial card is a scam, officials said.
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  • A text message that was sent to people in the community regarding the deactivation of a financial card is a scam, officials said.
    The message, which a number of people apparently received Monday night, was purported to have been from the Frontier Community Credit Union in Leavenworth. But the credit union has an alert on its website cautioning people about the text message.
    "These texts and/or calls are not from Frontier and are part of a scam," the alert states.
    According to the credit union's website, the message is "being sent to large blocks of cell phone numbers that include both Frontier Community CU members and non-members."
    Bill Hauber, Frontier's president, said even some of the credit union's employees received the message.
    He said the credit union doesn't use text messages to contact members. He also said the credit union would never ask people to provide their financial information.
    "We've already got the information," he said.
    Hauber said he doesn't know why scammers specifically used the name of the Frontier Community Credit Union.
    One of the people who is warning others about the text message is County Attorney Todd Thompson. He received the message Monday night.
    "I knew it was a scam right off the bat," he said.
    Thompson said he is not a member of the credit union.
    The message indicted the recipient's credit union card had been deactivated. The message provided a number for the recipient to call.
    Thompson said people who called the number were told the message purportedly had come from the Frontier Community Credit Union, and they were asked to enter financial card numbers.
    By Tuesday morning, however, a call to the number only resulted in a message indicating the user's voicemail box was full.
    Based on internet research by credit union personnel, Hauber said the number may have somehow originated in India even though it has a "913" area code.
    Thompson said there was another number associated with the text message.
    A call to this number Tuesday resulted in a message indicating it was unreachable.
    Leavenworth police Lt. Chris Kear said local officers are aware of the scam. He said people always should disregard these type of text messages.
    "The financial institutions are not going to operate in that manner," he said.
    Hauber said the credit union reports these type of scams to its state regulatory agency and a state trade association.
    The Frontier Community Credit Union's website asks people who have provided information as victims of the scam to call 913-651-6575.
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