Newschannel 6 is looking out for you. Ann Mataska called us saying she had just detected a scam. A caller told her she could lower the interest rates on her credit cards. The caller had a lot of information about her accounts – to the point it was almost believable. The Better Business Bureau says the scam is fairly common.
At the offer of lowering her interest rates, Ann was excited, at first. "It sounded good to me, so I said okay," said Mataska. "She gave me the last 4 digits of one of the cards I've got quite a bit on and wanted me to fill in the 2 center sections," she said.
The caller was persistent; to the point it raised Ann's eyebrows. "I said why don't I just hang up and call the bank and I'll call you back at this number, she said 'No, just call my company and I'll stay on the line'," said Mataska.
Ann picked up her other phone and called the bank. They confirmed it was a scam. 'She said 'Its not a scam or I wouldn't have known all this information and I can't do anything with your cards if I don't have that little number on the back' and I said 'its a scam and I'm not going to talk to you anymore and you're not going to be able to do anything with the numbers you've got because I'm getting new cards'," she said.
Ann is counting her blessings she did not fall victim to the ruse. "It would have been devastating to me, there's no way I could have gotten out of debt," she said. She wants to get the word out before anyone gets ripped off.