Scam calls try to con personal information from mid-Missouri residents

Monday, November 4, 2013 | 7:20 p.m. CST; updated 7:13 a.m. CST, Tuesday, November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA — Many mid-Missouri residents have recently received scam phone calls claiming to be from Central Bank asking for their personal information.

Central Bank has warned its customers about the ruse, but the scam has already claimed victims, said Vice President of Operations Carol Scott.

The bank's database of customer information hasn't been compromised, Scott said. The callers seem to have obtained a collection of local phone numbers and are pretending to be from Central Bank to phish for personal information.

Similar scams in 2008, 2009 and 2012 also used Central Bank's name.

"Well here we go again," the bank wrote on its Facebook page. It urged customers to ignore the calls. The post directed them to call the number on their credit or debit card and "speak with someone you know is legitimate."

Scott said Central Bank is using private contractors to combat the calls, rather than the Jefferson City Police Department, because the callers might be outside the United States.

Several mid-Missouri residents wrote about the calls on Twitter and on Central Bank's Facebook page. Darlene Paschal Gillmore-Henson wrote that her cellphone indicated the fraudulent call came from Kent, Wash.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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