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nwrickert
sand groper
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reply to SSidlov

Re: [Phish] Telephone phishing thread

1. They knew I had a Visa ATM (which only the bank and Google know)

They probably don't know that. It is more likely that they try this on many people, and some will have Visa and might fall for the scam.

2. They knew my cell number

Or maybe they are just calling a range of numbers. You did say that the voice was automated, so the whole scam is probably automated.
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Snowy
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said by nwrickert:

1. They knew I had a Visa ATM (which only the bank and Google know)

They probably don't know that. It is more likely that they try this on many people, and some will have Visa and might fall for the scam.

Agreed
It's a hit or miss proposition for the visher, nothing to worry about.
said by nwrickert:

2. They knew my cell number

Or maybe they are just calling a range of numbers. You did say that the voice was automated, so the whole scam is probably automated.

Your number would be in this format along with hundred's of 1000's of other numbers. It's not personal to you at all.
x143090000
x143090001
x143090002
x143090003
x143090004
x143090005
x143090006
x143090007
x143090008
x143090009
x143090010
x143090011
x143090012
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x143090015
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x143090021
x143090022
x143090023
x143090024
x143090025
x143090026
x143090027
x143090028
x143090029
x143090030
x143090031
x143090032
x143090033
x143090034
x143090035
x143090036
x143090037
x143090038
x143090039
x143090040
x143090041
x143090042
x143090043
x143090044
x143090045
x143090046
x143090047
x143090048
x143090049
x143090050
x143090051
x143090052
x143090053
x143090054
etc...
The image is from an SMS vish but it works the same for an automated voice vish.
Note the speed of the dialer, vishing is coming of age.


DC DSL
There's a reason I'm Command.
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Washington, DC
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reply to nwrickert

I just got a call on my landline from "000-000-0000 VERIZON DSL" Some snarky-sounding dude with an Indian accent said he was "from Verizon Security Department" to let me know my online account has been taken over by pirates because "Homeland Security Association" says they "detected copyright music, movies or adult material in [my] home." "If you please give your login ID, password, full name, SSN, and the bank account you pay your Verizon bill, I will verify I spoke with you and remove the restrictions imposed on you by law."

I told him I really appreciated his taking the time to contact me but "I am the Chief Executive Superior of Homeland Security Association and have to put [him] on report for not following the script correctly." He told me that I was going to "experience extreme legal difficulty," dropped a couple of f-bombs and hung up.

This is plainly an attempt to get account login credentials, along with bank account info. The scammers could also easily use the name of any ISP (AT&T, Comcast, etc.) DON'T GIVE THE CALLER ANY INFO, no matter what caller ID says.

As always, if you have any doubts about the legitimacy of a caller, hang up immediately and contact the company on the phone number from your statement.
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nwrickert
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said by DC DSL:

DON'T GIVE THE CALLER ANY INFO, no matter what caller ID says.

As always, if you have any doubts about the legitimacy of a caller, hang up immediately and contact the company on the phone number from your statement.

Yes, good advice.

Most of the phone calls that we get, with the exception of those from friends and work colleagues, seem to be fraudulent. They are either an attempt to get account information; a violation of DO NOT CALL; a dubious charity.

We have pretty much adopted a "just say no" and if they keep talking we hang up. And I decline to participate in telephone opinion surveys/polls, because too many of those turn out to be disguised marketing.
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jmorlan
Hmm... That's funny.
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Pacifica, CA
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reply to nwrickert

Got the following text on my cell phone:

From: Important1
Subj: Important1
Msg: Important information regarding your Wells Fargo Account. For more information please contact us at 888-854-3824. Thank you.

I don't have a Wells Fargo Account.



nwrickert
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That was probably sent to many people, on the off chance that some would have accounts.

The general rule applies - if you are concerned that there might be a problem, call the number that is on your credit card or bank statement. DO NOT call the number received in unsolicited text message, email, phone calls, etc.
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legendvpn12

join:2012-01-01
reply to nwrickert

Where to report if this happens?

Thanks!



nwrickert
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Post here.

If you think it's a serious enough case, you can report to your local police and possibly to the FBI. However, unless strong evidence is there, you will have difficulty getting the police to take it seriously.
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jimkyle
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reply to nwrickert

I jist posted this: »[Scam] Interesting phone scam

Anyone else have a similar experience? I googled the number and found two similar reports, including one from September 2011. Amazing that they would keep the same number and M.O. for so long!
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Jim Kyle



nwrickert
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said by jimkyle:

Amazing that they would keep the same number and M.O. for so long!

There's likely a black market in phone numbers to use for spoofing. So it might be a different "they".
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