UNKNOWN CON-ARTISTS HAVE HIT CHICKAMAUGA BANK PATRONS HARD, SINCE CHRISTMAS.  FAKE TELEPHONE MESSAGES WERE SENT TO AREA HOMES, INFORMING RESIDENTS THAT THEY HAD FALLEN VICTIM TO A SCAM. THE MESSAGE ASKED FOR ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND PERSONAL INFORMATION, WHICH SOME PEOPLE PROVIDED… AND MONEY WAS QUICKLY STOLEN FROM THEIR ACCOUNTS.  AUTHORITIES CALL THIS A "PHISHING SCAM". 

THE STOLEN MONEY IS NOT PROTECTED BY THE FDIC UNDER LAW… SO THE MONEY IS GONE… UNLESS THE FRAUDULENT CALLERS ARE ARRESTED.  IT IS SUSPECTED THE CALLS ORIGINATED FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY.  BANK OFFICIALS IN CHICKAMAUGA URGE THEIR CUSTOMERS TO NEVER GIVE OUT BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS OR OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION BY PHONE OR EMAIL.  OFFICIALS WOULD NOT REVEAL THE TOTAL AMOUNT STOLEN IN THE SCAM.

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