CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning people about scammers taking advantage of consumer confusion over new credit cards embedded with computer chips. Banks and major credit card issuers have been sending consumers the new, more secure cards.
Madigan said Wednesday scammers may target consumers who have not yet received the new chip cards by contacting them by phone or email claiming to represent banks and lenders.READ MORE: Yasmin Perez Has Died, Days After Gruesome Humboldt Park Shooting That Also Killed Her Boyfriend, Gyovanni Arzuaga
The scammers tell consumers they must confirm or update their accounts by providing personal information before they can receive a new chip card. Scammers then can steal consumers’ identities, monitor their online activity or install malware on electronic devices.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Shower Chance By Daybreak
Madigan suggests hanging up the phone or deleting suspicious email. Consumers also can report incidents to Madigan’s consumer fraud bureau.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You Get Another Relief Payment?
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