Recently, a VoIP-based phishing company has been obtaining card information of up to 250 Americans per day. This group targets a specific bank or credit union for a few days and then moves on.
“Vishing” is the nickname given to voice-over IP phishing. It works like this: people are tricked into giving up payment card information after receiving a phone or text message, supposedly coming from a trusted bank. The message will tell them that their card has been deactivated and asks them to call a number to reactivate their card.
Once someone does this, they’ll be asked to give their full card number and PIN… and their information is now in the wrong hands.
5 Ways To Stay Safe
This year has been riddled with online security breaches, hackers and fraudulent schemes. To come out unscathed, you’ll need to protect yourself:
- Do not give out your personal information unless you initiate the call.
- If you think the request is legitimate, call the Member Services number you normally use, or what’s listed on the website.
- Never email your personal financial information to anyone.
- Check your accounts regularly for suspicious activity.
- Keep your computer protected and updated.
We care about your safety! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.