Avoiding the scam: How to protect yourself and your bank accounts



WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — West Terre Haute resident Janet Bays said she never answers the phone to numbers she doesn’t know. But one morning last month, she did.

“A gentleman told me that he was calling to check on one of my accounts that they had a 700 and some dollar charge on my card and he just wanted to make sure it was okay,” Janet recalled. “I said no, it isn’t okay.”

Bays was told by the gentleman that, to make up for the charge, she could go to a local Walgreens and pick up a gift card. She was instructed to stay on the line with him. Bays decided to bring her husband along, even though the man over the phone instructed her not to.

“We went up there and on the way up there I said ‘we’re being scammed’,” Bays said.

She was right. The Walgreens…

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