Since Wednesday, the Wyoming Attorney General's office has received a large number of calls about a new scam that's going around involving robo-calls.
While there are a few variations, the scam typically works like this.
Someone receives a voice-recorded call from a Credit Union in regards to their credit card.
That person is then prompted to press 1 and is asked for personal financial information about that card.
"The way that the call is set up, it makes it seem like there's some sort of emergency, like maybe your credit card will no longer function, maybe the debit card is being canceled or something like that," said Clyde Hutchins, Senior Assistant Attorney General. "So it gives a sense of urgency and fear that someone's card is going to be useless. And of course in today's economy most people use cards for everything and they need it all the time. So it kind of makes people have that little sense of fear sometimes. Maybe they trust that it's probably calling from a good source. And so those kinds of things make people put down their guard, but I want to warn people don't do that. Don't give out that information over the telephone."
If you receive one of these calls, Hutchins asks that you contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Line at 307-777-5833, as well as the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357.