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Calling scam reported in Bemidji

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BEMIDJI - The First National Bank of Bemidji reported that on Tuesday evening, an automated telephone calling system began calling Bemidji phone numbers, primarily with the 333 prefix. The computer voice identified itself generically as the "First National Bank," reciting the following:

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"Your card has been suspended, please call the security department to have your card re-activated."

The robot leaves a phone number to call. Do not call this number as there is an automated system that requests that the return caller key in personal account information. This is a scam. Banks never ask for personal account information they already have.

Anyone who has been a target and responded to the call and has keyed in any personal account information to this collection system, should contact his or her bank or credit union immediately and the bank will help protect the personal account information.

The message and institution identified in the message has already changed. The system is calling all over the United States. All local financial institutions have been alerted to this scam and have confirmed that some have received calls as well. The FBI is involved and is working to terminate this activity.

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