I’ve set my bank up to send me mobile alerts when anything happens about my account. Most likely many of you have too. Well, I received a text alert the other day to call the bank and it included a number to call back.
When I did I got a recorded voice that said to key in my 9 digit social security number to verify my identity. DON’T DO IT, this is a new identity theft tactic to get your SSN. This is referred to as “Smishing”.Here are the FACTS from some popular banks, but this is most likely the policy of all banks:
WOW! How nervy, blatant is that call? It’s bad enough we get infected by clicking an innocent link while surfing the web. Now, they call us to fix us via “Scam-ware”.
I recently heard of this “scam” from one of our customers, and I almost fell off my chair.
Here are the details:
“Windows Technical Support calling, we are getting technical error notices from your computer, we can connect into your computer and fix the errors” then they told him that they didn’t feel comfortable with that, he said “We have your ID Number, we should call back when an owner is available” They told me it was difficult to get the guy off the phone, and they immediately checked with me. Glad they did!
For more details on this type of scan see: malwarebytes.org and directly from Microsoft
They’ll try anything they can to get you to give yourself a virus. As if emailing you that their your bank wasn’t enough.
Well, the last few weeks I’ve been getting emails that taunt me to click on a zip file that exclaims that an old friend found a picture of me (or of something). Well, even when I started getting them from known email address I still ignored them.
Keep in mind that anyone (and especially the evil ones) can imitate a “From” email address so you’ll think it’s from someone you know. Unless you are expecting it, don’t just click away. What to do with that email? Just delete it!