Jeffco Sheriff’s Office warns of new scams

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says two new scams are using cell phones to steal debit card numbers.

In a press release, the Sheriff's Office says that one scam will send a text message to a victim's cell phone. The message will tell the victim that their debit card has been compromised and blocked and that they should press "1" to reactivate the card. A recorded message will then ask for the debit card number, PIN, expiration date and 3-digit number.

The second fraudulent phone message gives victims a phone number to call and reactivate their card.  It says that the card was deactivated during a technical failure or billing errors.

The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to never respond to emails or messages to call toll free numbers to reactivate your debit or credit cards. Any such requests need to be verified at the bank.