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Coakley Warns About Late Night Cell Phone Robo-Calling Scam

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(File photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley is warning consumers about a robo-calling scam to steal credit and bank card numbers, and Social Security information.

Coakley says her office has received many complaints that people are getting the calls, often late at night on their cell phones.

She says the automated calls claim to be a bank or credit card company saying a card has been locked. The consumer is told to enter the card number to unlock it. Some also have been asked for Social Security numbers.

Coakley says people should hang up and contact the attorney general’s hotline, 617-727-8400.

If you have given out the information, Coakley advises placing a fraud alert with a major credit reporting bureau, and alerting the bank or credit card company.

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