Big Bear Valley, CA, August 5, 2010, 15:00pm – First Mountain Bank has alerted KBHR that their customers are, once again, receiving fraudulent phone calls, generated by scam artists claiming to be making contact on behalf of First Mountain Bank. Those called have been asked to provide their account number and pin code to reactivate their ATM cards. A similar series of bank scam calls took place in the Big Bear Valley this past April and June and, prior to that, in April 2009. These automated scam phone calls may ask for a debit card number or password, but Big Bear residents are reminded never to give out information over the phone. As Richard Miller, Compliance and Information Security Officer for First Mountain Bank, advises Kbear, “No bank should call, email or anything else to verify your information, because they already have that info. So, never give a password or pin number to anyone, especially if on the phone.” If you are a banking customer of First Mountain Bank and have inadvertently shared any pertinent information, you are advised to contact the bank, either by visiting one of their four branches or by calling 866-5861.
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