published Saturday, May 21st, 2011

FBI targeting storm-related phone scam

Some Tennesseans have received automated calls claiming the April 27 tornadoes caused a glitch in their bank account and asking for personal information.

The FBI said the calls are a scam.

In a news release, the FBI said the calls are coming from a foreign number. The automated call says that the victim’s banking information was lost because of power outages caused by the tornadoes. It asks victims to key in their account information to re-establish contact.

Anyone who gets such a call should report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at, the release stated.

The agency also warns consumers never to reveal account numbers and passwords to anyone they don’t know.

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