AG's office warns of scam targeting BancorpSouth - - Jackson, MS

AG's office warns of scam targeting BancorpSouth

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippi residents to be wary of a scam using the name of BancorpSouth to target potential victims.

Hood says victims may receive a call on either their home phone or cell phones alerting them that "there is a problem with their BancorpSouth card."

The caller may be a live person or an automated message that usually leaves a request for the victim to call a number or visit a website. It asks for a 16-digit card number or other pertinent information that could allow scammers to empty the victim's bank account or open new credit cards in the victim's name.

Some victims are asked to "text" their BancorpSouth bank account number to a phone number, or email it to any number of email addresses.

"Legitimate officials do not need to ask you to verify your bank account information, they already have it," said Attorney General Hood.  "The key point is to never, ever give your personal identifying information over the phone to someone whose identity you cannot verify."

The brunt of calls occurred over the recent holiday weekend, but some potential victims are just now checking their messages and responding to the scam.

BancorpSouth officials say they are working to close down websites and phone numbers connected to the scam as they become aware of them.

Senior citizens or people with disabilities are particularly prone to falling victim to this scam, so please be mindful of vulnerable friends and relatives at this time.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to this scam, please call the Mississippi Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-281-4418. 

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