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Debit card scam widens; now includes three banks

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A debit card scam that began late last month has widened, according to Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

Presley sent a release last week warning of a series of scam calls claiming to be BancorpSouth and Renasant Bank, asking customers to either validate or re-instate their debit cards.

Yesterday, Presley announced the scam now also includes Community Bank.

“These calls came from a variety of numbers including ‘private’ numbers and asked consumers to give information including their debit card expiration dates and other confidential information in order to re-instate or validate your debit card,” Presley said. “Consumers who gave out any of their information should immediately contact their bank.”

Presley said that his office plans to share all complaints and information with the Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General Jim Hood’s office.


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  1. How are these people getting the cell phone numbers? I have not personally done business with Bancorp South but got a message about the scam mentioned.

  2. I had a text message last week from Bancorp South saying “Urgent…call.” Then yesterday I had a voicemail saying something about reinstating my Debit/Credit Card. The funny part is that I don’t even have a Bancorp South account & certainly no cards with them. I just ignored both calls. This is a scary thing & evidently very wide-spread!! I also wonder how these people got my cell number.

  3. Both my husband and myself have gotten these calls and we DON”T bank with Bancorp so I too am wondering how they got our cell phone numbers. Everyone that I have talked to that has received a call does not have an account with Bancorp. AND my husband got a call regarding a Bank of America account that we don’t have! We need to NEVER give out any information over the phone.

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