Detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office are warning residents of an ongoing scam in our area.
At least six different victims report receiving a call from a purported bank representative advising them that their debit card has been compromised. The bank representative (scammer) then confirms personal information, including recent charges to the account and personal identification number (PIN) with the victim.
The victim is then told a representative will respond to their home to recover their debit card and any other cards associated with the account. The scammers then use the cards for ATM withdrawals and to purchase money orders.
Victims report that the scammers are extremely polite and very convincing.
“Banks will never ask you to confirm your PIN or personal information over the phone. They will never send a representative to your home to recover a card. Please talk to your loved ones about this scam, as all of our victims have been over 70 years old,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said.
Several photos of suspects have been identified through the investigation.
If anyone recognizes the suspects in the photos, please contact Detective Erin Burke at 772-978-6119. You can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000 by contacting Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477) or www.tcwatch.org .