Bank official: Reports of phone scam subsiding

Two days after a phone scam hit Jefferson City with calls claiming to be from Central Bank, reports of these calls were starting to wind down Friday.

The calls asked people to enter a credit or debit card number.

“Fortunately, because we’ve had these in the past and we’ve tried to educate people about what not to give out, those who received these calls were suspicious and figured out pretty quickly that there was something not right,” said Central Bank’s Dan Westhues. “We weren’t the only bank hit by this. They hit all over the country, including a bank in Alaska.”

Westhues said the scammers bought cell phone numbers and started making the calls, which came as late as 12:30 a.m. in some cases.

“They use Central Bank because it’s a well-known name, but the calls go out to everyone, not just Central Bank customers,” he said. “We’ve been lucky lately to not have many of these occur. As far as scams go, we’ve actually had bigger ones in the past. We again remind citizens that we would never make such a call to ask for this type of information.”

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