State Attorney General John Suthers warns consumers of bank account scam |

State Attorney General John Suthers warns consumers of bank account scam


DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers alerted consumers to a recent scam involving telemarketers claiming to be from the “Colorado Department of Health” and offering “vouchers for up to $1,000 in free medical services.” “There is no such voucher program being offered through the Health Department,” warned Suthers. “These calls are simply an attempt to fraudulently obtain consumers’ checking account information in order to commit theft.”The callers usually have the consumer’s name, address, date of birth and the name of their banking institution, promoting a false belief that they are indeed with a government agency. The callers read the routing number for the bank or credit union and ask that the consumer recite the next five numbers on their checks. These five numbers are the consumer’s account number. Once an account number is obtained, it can be used to illegally empty a bank account with one withdrawal.Consumers who receive these or similar calls are encouraged to report the incident to the Attorney General’s Colorado Consumer Line at 1 (800) 222-4444.

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