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Debit card scam in NC, VA nets $100K for thieves

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Authorities say thieves using text messages
have scammed around $100,000 from Gateway Bank customers in North
Carolina and Virginia.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says customers have
been receiving fake text messages saying their debit cards have
been deactivated. They're then instructed to call a phone number
and enter in their debit card number, expiration date and PIN
number.

The thieves use that information to make new debit cards and
withdraw money. Withdrawals have been made as far away as
California.

At least 10 different phone numbers have been used by the
thieves, mostly with North Carolina and Virginia area codes.

Gateway Bank officials and Cooper tell people that if they get
the messages, they should contact police.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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