Clive Police is searching for a suspect who allegedly took the benefit of central Iowans as part of a phishing fraud.
Clive Detective Maurio Coleman said they are currently searching for a male suspect who allegedly copied or cloned debit cards of central Iowans.
“The individual who was performing this eventually started going and hitting ATMs and then hitting retail places, making purchases and withdrawing cash,” Coleman said.
Coleman said they believe the suspect was even wearing hospital scrubs as a cover and had what looked like a hospital ID clipped to his shirt.
“They carry out that to throw off the individuals at the banks or at the retailers or the convenience stores or the grocery marts where they are using these fake cards,” Coleman said.
Coleman said right now, there were 13 people affected by this fraud, and they were all clients of Bankers Trust.
Bankers Trust said this entire fraud begins with criminals purchasing info from the dark web, and then they send a text to the person pretending to be their bank asking them to verify a deal.
“They’ll see this text message come in. ‘Unusual deal. Is this authorized?’ They respond ‘no it’s not’ or they affirm that ‘yes, it is unauthorized,’ which after that triggers the criminal to place the call to them and then when the call comes in, it looks like it’s from the banks,” stated Jodi Selby with Bankers Trust.
Bankers Trust said criminals are spoofing the phone number to make this look like a client is on the phone with their bank. It’s in that conversation that they request for your PIN Code, something they stated a bank would never ask.
“We try to go with what we call out-of-the-box questions or outside-your-wallet questions. When someone calls in and finds out the balance on their account, we will ask for their name, ask them if they know their account number, we’ll ask things that only they would know,” Selby said.
Selby said they should never ask you for your PIN or online account passwords. If they do, do not provide it to them, and contact your bank directly or go to a branch in person.
If you receive a text message like that is asking you to authorize a charge and after that immediately receive a phone call right after what appears to be your bank, hang up or don’t answer and contact your bank directly. From there, you can also contact law enforcement.