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Medford police warn of phone scam targeting credit cards

An automated telephone scam requesting credit card information is circulating through the Rogue Valley, authorities say.

The scammers use a recorded message to advise those who answer the phone that their MasterCard is on hold due to fraudulent activity and ask the cardholder to dial "1" and then enter the credit card number, according to a Medford Police Department news release.

"At this point, it's just MasterCards, but I don't see way they couldn't use other cards for the scam," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Medford police have received about 12 reports of the scam in the last 24 hours, Budreau said.

"This is new, we haven't seen this type of scam before," he said. "It's not uncommon; it's hit other states. It just hasn't hit our area."

Budreau advised anyone who thinks they are a victim of this scam to contact their relevant financial institution and the MPD at 541-770-4783.

— Sam Wheeler