An old scam seeking personal information from bank and credit union customers has returned to the Tri-Cities.
Kennewick police issued a statement Saturday warning people about the bogus phone calls and text messages after receiving numerous complaints in recent days.
Members and nonmembers of Gesa Credit Union and HAPO Community Credit Union, along with other financial institutions and businesses, have been targeted.
The recorded phone calls are an attempt to get identifying information from the person, while the text messages claim the person's card has been deactivated and instruct them to call a specific telephone number.
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"With identity theft being predominant throughout the world, citizens should be extra cognizant when asked to provide any personal information to an unknown person(s), especially over the phone," Officer Ron Salter said.
People who have been contacted, disclosed such information and believe they may be a victim of identity theft should call the Kennewick Police Department at 628-0333 to report the incident.