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STCU members targeted in phone scam

| November 13, 2010 8:00 PM

COEUR d'ALENE - The STCU phone center is being inundated with calls from credit union members, as well as some non-members, who were targeted by a scam aimed at tricking them into revealing their debit and credit card information.

By 10:30 a.m., more than 100 callers reported receiving official-sounding automated phone calls that allegedly come from STCU.

The calls inform the recipients that "Your debit card (or credit card) has been deactivated." They are then asked to provide their debit or credit card number, PIN and expiration date.

The calls appear to be blanketing the region at random, as many of the recipients are not STCU members.

"STCU never calls its members asking for credit or debit card information," according to a press release.

Consumers are urged to be extremely cautious of any call or e-mail that requests credit or debit card information, or any other sensitive personal information.

"These contacts often are scams perpetuated by people looking to commit identity theft," the release said.