Sat, Jan 19 2008 3:28
FBI warns of rise in phone-based 'vishing' attacks
With consumers finally getting wise to phishing attacks, scammers are hitting the phones.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned Thursday that so-called
"vishing" attacks are on the rise. These are scams where criminals send
an e-mail or text message to a victim, saying there has been a security
problem and the victim needs to call his or her bank to reactivate a
credit or debit card.
"Upon calling the telephone number, the recipient is greeted
with 'Welcome to the bank of ...' and then [is] requested to enter
their card number in order to resolve a pending security issue," the
IC3 said in its alert
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