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Md. police warn of bank scam phone calls

Sunday - 10/23/2011, 5:27pm  ET

WASHINGTON - If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from your bank, watch out.

It could be the latest scam to hit the D.C. area. Folks are receiving automated messages that say their credit card has been compromised and they need to call an 800 number to fix the problem.

The 800 number then asks you to provide personal information, which would allow criminals to obtain fraudulent credit cards in your name or make on-line transactions with your account.

Although the alert was put out by police in Charles County, they say the calls are being received by people all over the region.

As long as you don't respond to the message you should be fine, but you should contact your bank directly to be safe.

WTOP's John Aaron contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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