To Call or Not To Call: New Call Back Scam Campaign Targeting Financial Institution Customers

To Call or Not To Call: New ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Campaign Targeting Financial Institution Customers

A Scam Warning

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ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Evolve Into New Methods And New Platforms

Identity thieves and scammers are preying on bank, credit union members, and financial institution customers using more unconventional methods.

Instead of cold calling targets or sending a fake link to harvest confidential information, these scammers are asking you to call them.

Bitdefender Antispam Lab reports a flood of phishing emails that claim your card was locked or flagged.

Just in the past month tens of thousands of fraudulent emails urging recipients to call phony telephone numbers to resolve some issue and reactive their Credit Cards or Debit Cards.

Examples:

You can find a list of email variations in the list below:

  • Credit Union Support Service: Your card has been reported. To reactivate call to 194******22.
  • CU Support Service: Your card has been reported. To reactivate call to 1-248-***-***1.
  • You have received a C.U. alert. CaLL now free : 1-40*-***-**44.
  • CUNA Support Service: Your card has been reported. To reactivate call to 17******260.
  • FCU Support Service: Your card has been reported. To reactivate call to 1248******1.
  • You have received a F.C.U. alert. CaLL now free : 140******44.
  • N.C.U.A. Support Service: Your card has been reported. To reactivate call to 1-760-***-**38.
  • NCUA Support Service: Your card has been reported. To reactivate call to 173******74.
  • Your C.U. Card been suspended. CaLL now free : 17******260 and follow instructions.
  • Your C.U. card has been flagged. Call 194******22 to remove this issue.
  • Your C.U. card has been frozen for the moment. Please contact 1-248-***-***1 for details
  • Your NCUA card was blocked. Please contact 140******44 for unlock

Regardless of the financial institution, they will look similar.

What can happen if you call the number?

Users who call the number are likely to end up talking to an identity thief or scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. who will ask for their online banking or other financial account passwords and usernames.

The criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. might even attempt to log into your account while talking to you. If you have additional security measures enabled that require entering a verification code received via text or email, the scammer will also ask for it by making up an excuse. With this information, they can raid your bank account and steal your identity.

How to stay safe

The good news is that many individuals who receive these messages won’t necessarily have an account at the mentioned financial institution. If you have any concerns, contact your bank or financial institution by calling the support number found on the official website or the back of your card.

Don’t attempt to call the number even if you know it’s a scam. The scammers will know that your contact information is “good” and they will most likely target you with additional scams.

What your bank will never do!

While most banks and financial institutions will have email and text-based alerting systems to notify customers, there are some things your financial institution will never do:

  • It will not send unsolicited emails or texts asking you to call an unknown number to resolve a security issue
  • It will never ask you to give personal and sensitive information such as full Social Security numbers, passwords, PINs, verification codes, CVVs or any similar data via the phone, email or text

As a rule of thumb, you should never give out personal information to any service provider or individual who contacts you unexpectedly, especially by email or phone or text. The only time a bank customer should be providing his data is either in-person at your local branch or via the official website when applying online for a loan or credit card, or on the official phone number provided by your bank or financial institution.

Whenever you receive a suspicious email, text, or call, there are always steps you can take to safeguard your data.

Verify directly with your service provider and save a copy of the information related to the fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. attempt to share with your bank and law enforcement. By reporting malicious activity, you can help protect other members, your family, and friends from similar attacks.

You can report these to:

  • reportfraud.FTC.gov
  • Report the phone numbers and email addresses on www.Anyscam.com
  • Report them to your national cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. police

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  1. Stephen Baguley September 29, 2021 at 5:52 am - Reply

    [COMMENT REMOVED BECAUSE IT PROMOTES SCAMBAITINGScam Baiting A foolish activity where a victim or nonvictim engages in deception and fraud to lead on a scammer into revealing information or for the sport of it. Deliberate deception online, regardless of the reason, is both unethical and in many places may also be illegal. While not prosecuted, Scambaiting has no legitimate benefit and should never be performed by victims since it is an act of revenge and only amplifies trauma. It is a reprehensible practice that is popularized by amateur anti-scam groups driven by their hate for fraudsters.
    Learn more: SCARS Position Statement Against Scambaiting
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