Scam Calls Appear to Come from Cincinnati Area Code Number

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Consumers in Ohio and other states are reporting scam calls appearing to come from the 513 area code in Cincinnati.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office has received more than 100 reports of such calls in Ohio and other states, including Georgia, Missouri, and South Dakota.

Con artists apparently attempt to get credit or debit card information by claiming a problem with consumers’ accounts.

The calls generally begin with a recorded message telling consumers their credit or debit card has been locked or frozen and instructing them to press 1 to unlock their account and enter their 16-digit card number.

Consumers are warned not to give out any financial information and to call their banks and the attorney general’s office if they think their information has been compromised.