BEWARE OF "VISHING"
Many people are aware of "phishing," (pronounced: fish-ing) in which e-mail recipients are directed to a fake website seeking their details but might not know about a new Internet scam called "vishing, " which is short for "voice phishing. " Vishing uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones instead of a bogus web link to steal financial information.
A recent incident involved customers from Santa Barbara Bank and Trust in California. Internet con artists sent account holders e-mails asking them to telephone the bank. Customers who responded heard a recorded message asking them to enter their account details. A second incident earlier this month involved Paypal customers.
VoIP service providers allow their customers to pick a telephone number that appears to be based elsewhere, so it's possible for fraudsters to pick a phone number in the same area code and prefix of a major bank despite being physically located somewhere hundreds of miles away in another city or state.
Always remember that a financial institution already has your personal information, so if you get an unsolicited telephone call where someone is asking you to provide or confirm any of your personal information, immediately hang up and call your financial institution.
To learn more about vishing scams, check out:
http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/advice ... 0726a1.asp
Learn how to protect your personal information with FCIC's Consumer Focus at:
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cfocus/cfpers ... /focus.htm
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