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Bogus "Consumer Protection Group" Tries to Trick Seniors into Giving out Sensitive Information

Consumers throughout Texas are receiving calls from a "Consumer Protection Group." The caller wants to "alert" the consumer, usually a senior citizen, that his or her confidential financial information is circulating on the Internet and has been posted on 14,000 Web sites. The caller says that the Consumer Protection Group will remove the information. All they need is the consumer's credit card or bank account number.

This is yet another scam to get your confidential information. NEVER give your credit card number or bank account number to anyone who has called you. No matter who they say they are, or why they say they need it, DO NOT GIVE THESE NUMBERS TO ANYONE. No legitimate authority or business calls you for these numbers. Protect yourself: Just Hang Up.

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Greg Abbott
Attorney General of Texas

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