MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Attorney General's Office is warning consumers to not respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem.
Its Consumer Assistance Program has received a number of reports of fraudulent texts. Some of them claim to be "Merchants Bank" or a different bank, indicating that the consumer's debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call 802-373-6589 or a similar number.
The attorney general's office says these are fraudulent text messages and are not affiliated with any bank, part of a scam to try to obtain confidential personal information. The office says consumers who have already responded should contact the bank that issued the debit card immediately to protect their accounts.
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