[AfrICANN-discuss] Vishing Attacks Increase

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 08:16:27 SAST 2008

UNITED STATES: Vishing Attacks Increase

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Are you one of many who have received an e-mail, text message, or
telephone call, purportedly from your credit card/debit card company
directing you to contact a telephone number to re-activate your card
due to a security issue? The IC3 has received multiple reports on
different variations of this scheme known as "vishing". These attacks
against US financial institutions and consumers continue to rise at an
alarming rate.

Vishing operates like phishing by persuading consumers to divulge
their Personally Identifiable Information (PII), claiming their
account was suspended, deactivated, or terminated. Recipients are
directed to contact their bank via telephone number provided in the
e-mail or by an automated recording. Upon calling the telephone
number, the recipient is greeted with "Welcome to the bank of ..." and
then requested to enter their card number in order to resolve a
pending security issue.

For authenticity, some fraudulent e-mails claim the bank would never
contact customers to obtain the PII by any means, including e-mail,
mail, and instant messenger. These e-mails further warn recipients not
to provide sensitive information when requested in an e-mail and not
to click on embedded links, claiming they could contain "malicious
software aimed at capturing login credentials."

Please beware; spam e-mails may actually contain malicious code
(malware) which can harm your computer. Do not open any unsolicited
e-mail and do not click on any links provided.

A new version recently reported involved the sending of text messages
to cell phones claiming the recipient''''''''s on-line bank account
has expired. The message instructs the recipient to renew their
on-line bank account by using the link provided.

Due to rapidly evolving criminal methodologies, it is impossible to
include every scenario. Therefore, be cognizant and protect your PII.
Beware of e-mails, telephone calls, or text messages requesting your

If you have a question concerning your account or credit/debit card,
you should contact your bank using a telephone number obtained
independently such as; from your statement, a telephone book, or
another independent means.

If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint
at www.ic3.gov.

By the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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