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Wendy Reuer, Published December 10 2013

Scam targets Bremer Bank customers

FARGO – A scam attempting using the Bremer Bank name to get personal financial information from victims is making its way through the area.

Susan Beatty, a spokeswoman for Bremer Bank, said Tuesday the bank has confirmed some clients and even a few non-clients have been the target of a scam known as vishing.

Beatty said the scam uses an unknown number that appears to come from Bremer Bank to send out an automated call, text or email request. The recipient is then asked to call a number and provide confidential account or financial information.

Using electronic media cold-calls in an attempt to get information from victims is known as vishing.

“Bremer Bank is currently working with the FBI to shut down the vishing attack, and determine the extent to which our clients may have been affected,” Beatty said in a statement to The Forum.

Beatty said it is unknown how many people have received the calls.

Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said his department has received six to seven reports of the scam, but no formal reports of theft or related crimes have been filed.

“We always caution people; don’t give out information over the phone, especially if people are contacting you,” Vettel said.

Vettel said reports of similar scams are common in the metro area.

“These scams are relatively common nationally and most of them occur outside the country, which make them difficult for law enforcement to investigate which is why prevention is really the key,” Vettel said.

Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson said there have “been a lot of scams out there,” which change often and are a regularly reported year-round.

“We try to just keep that consistent reminder out there to be wise,” he said.

Anyone who believes they may have been a target of the vishing scam is asked to call the Bremer Phone Bank at 800-908-BANK (2265).

Bremer never sends e-mails asking clients or non-clients to send personal information through e-mail, a website, automated calls or text messages, Beatty said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530