Monday, July 12, 2010

Cell phone phishing for debit cards and "mystery" phone numbers

I have become aware of a cell phone phishing scam where the recipient is told by an automated prompt that his debit card no longer works. There may be variations on what the person is told. The target gets a cell phone call that sometimes fails to maintain connection. If the recipient checks the number (if not marked unavailable) it may be a number that assumes that the caller knows an extension and does not identify the company. The phone number is likely to be a local number, and Intellius will show it as unlisted but with a report available.

The recipient should contact his or her bank or local police if receiving such a call.

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