2016-10-07 / World / National

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Bangor Savings warns of text scam

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bangor Savings Bank is warning customers against a scam being perpetrated through text messages. The fraudulent messages reference an “alert.”

The alert asks the text recipient to contact Bangor Savings Bank at a specific number. The number is not a Bangor Savings Bank phone number, and recipients of the text shouldn’t call it, say bank officials.

Bangor Savings Bank officials say if a customer has responded and given out personal information, they should call their local branch or call Bangor Support at (877) 226-4671, or email bangorsupport@bangor.com.

Bangor Savings Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer Andrew Grover said the bank will never ask for ATM or debit card information by phone, text or email.

He also said that bank customers receive free fraud protection, a standard feature on all debit cards. The service provides 24-7 fraud monitoring protection.

For other questions, customers are encouraged to contact Bangor Support at (877) 226-4671.

Task force: Maine drought is worsening

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Drought Task Force says conditions have worsened considerably since early September, moving farther north and east.

Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Bruce Fitzgerald said Thursday that a “state of emergency” could be declared if conditions continue to worsen. He says it’s important for people to conserve to prevent things from getting worse.

The National Weather Service says all of Maine is behind on rainfall since April except Aroostook County in northernmost Maine.

Meteorologist Tom Hawley says the drought is currently expected to continue and expand.

The long-term forecast calls for drier and warmer-than-normal weather for October and beyond. As for the short-term forecast, Hurricane Matthew isn’t going to help. The storm is expected to stay too far offshore this weekend to bring any rain to Maine.

7 plead guilty to illegal trafficking of baby eels

PORTLAND (AP) — Seven people have pleaded guilty to federal charges of trafficking nearly $2 million worth of baby eels on the East Coast.

The pleas took place between Tuesday and Thursday at federal court in Portland. Six pleaded guilty to selling or transporting illegally harvested elvers in interstate commerce.

Elvers can only be fished commercially in Maine and South Carolina and are one of the country’s most lucrative fisheries on a by-the-pound basis. They are sold to Asia and used for sushi.

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