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LifeLock scammer ‘had their numbers’

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 4th, 2013

• Caller got private info with identity theft warning

BROOKINGS – Some Brookings residents thought they were getting an important heads-up when a well-known national identity theft protection company called to report suspicious activity involving their names and accounts.

A representative from “LifeLock” contacted a number of residents over the Labor Day weekend, said Lt. Derrick Powers of the Brookings police investigations unit.

The problem was that some of the Brookings people contacted wound up giving their personal account numbers, credit and debit card numbers and even their security codes to the LifeLock representative who – you guessed it – was a scammer.

The real LifeLock Inc. is a legitimate identity theft protection company based in Arizona. Its services are intended to detect fraudulent applications for various credit and non-credit related transactions. LifeLock provides a $1 million guarantee in the event of identity theft.

Powers said at the time the cases were reported, it didn’t appear any the accounts of the Brookings residents had been breached with the information they willingly provided.

For the complete article see the 09-04-2013 issue.

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