Friday, July 14, 2006

Beware of Phone Scams via E-mail

Malicious individuals are always thinking up new ways to steal your information using social engineering. The latest scam is using a technique called "vishing" or voice phishing. The attacker will send a fraudulent e-mail claiming to be from a bank or other organization and state that there is a problem with the victim's account. It will give a phone number to call where the victim is asked to give personal or sensitive information. According to the article, "some vishing attacks don't begin with an e-mail. Some come as calls out of the blue in which the caller already knows the recipient's credit card number — increasing the perception of legitimacy — and asks just for the valuable three-digit security code on the back of the card." (Sources: USATODAY)

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