“Don’t give out information to anyone who contacts you over the phone or via the Internet,” Bountiful Police Lt. Randy Pickett said. “If you call somebody it’s alright to give them the information if you know who they are and what the information will be used for.”
Pickett added that if someone calls wanting more information, tell them you’ll call them back. “But don’t use the number they give you. Look it up in the telephone book or online and call a listed number.”
Mary Meloni’s credit card was used to make purchases at Macy’s and Home Depot after she was contacted by someone who said they were from the Clipper, asking to verify her credit card information on an account.
She was contacted twice more by the same individual because the first card number she gave them was a debit card.
Meloni said she knows not to give out such information, but because she knew she had an account with the Clipper and the caller “was so professional,” she went ahead and gave the caller the requested information.
Later that day, she received a call from one of her banking institutions asking if she had made the purchases at Home Depot and Macy’s. Meloni said she called police, and filed a report.
The Clipper won’t call asking clients for additional financial information on their accounts.
If someone calls from the Clipper asking for verification of credit card information, call police.