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Suffolk police probe credit union debit card scam

Suffolk investigators are probing a scam involving attempts to steal card numbers and personal identification numbers from credit union debit card holders, police said Friday.

It is not known how many people may have fallen for the scam or whether they lost any money, said Sgt. Stephen Jensen, commanding officer of the Suffolk County identity theft squad.

The scam worked by sending text or voice messages to card holders, who are told their debit card numbers had been deactivated, police said. The would-be victims were told to call a phone number and provide account and PIN numbers to reactivate the accounts.

The scam has targeted members of several credit unions, including Suffolk Federal Credit Union and Island Federal Credit Union, Jensen said. Suffolk police were tipped to the scam by a credit union and a county employee who received a scam message, he said.

Financial institutions do not contact customers by mail, phone or the Internet to request account information, police said. Residents who have received messages they believe are fraudulent should contact their financial institutions immediately, police said.

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