Home Loan’s name used in phone scam

| March 17, 2014

COSHOCTON – Officials are encouraging the public to ignore messages that supposedly went out from The Home Loan Savings Bank saying debit card information was compromised.

“It’s just a phone scam from people trying to get your debit card information,” said Kyle Hamilton, president and chief operating officer at the bank’s main office in Coshocton. “It wasn’t us.”

The message went out to bank customers and some none customers, but Hamilton advised that those who do have accounts at the bank have nothing to fear.

“There was no breach of the bank’s files and no information was leaked out,” he said. “You will only have an issue if you gave your information to them.”

Hamilton also advised people that a bank is never going to call you and ask for your account number because they already have it.

“We are only going to call you if we suspect fraud,” Hamilton said.

He also noted that the bank will ask you if you were on vacation in a certain spot or made a particular purchase, not for your account number.

“This was just a big scam and it’s unfortunate they used our name,” Hamilton said.

The scam was reported to the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. The bank also used e-mails, its website and Facebook to let customers know what was going on.

“We did all we could to get the word out,” Hamilton said. “The Sheriff’s Office also sent out a CodeRed emergency phone call (to area residents) and we really appreciate them doing that.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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