MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Attorney General's Office is warning consumers to not respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem.

Its Consumer Assistance Program has received a number of reports of fraudulent texts. Some of them claim to be "Merchants Bank" or different bank, indicating that the consumer's debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call 802-373-6589 or similar number.

The attorney general's office says these are fraudulent text messages and are not affiliated with any bank, part of a scam to try to obtain confidential personal information. The office says consumers who have already responded should contact the bank that issued the debit card immediately to protect their accounts.


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