Vishing Attacks Increase Alert

If you are one of the many people who have received an e-mail, text message, or telephone call, supposedly from your credit card/debit card company telling you to contact them via telephone in order to re-activate your card due to a security issue then be wary. The IC3 has recently received multiple reports of this scheme known as “vishing”. The scary thing is, most of these attacks against U.S. financial institutions and consumers are steadily rising at an unsettling rate.

Vishing operates similarly to email phishing. It persuades consumers to divulge their Personally Identifiable Information (PII) by claiming that their account was suspended, deactivated, or terminated. The victim is the instructed to contact their bank via a telephone number provided in the e-mail. Upon calling the telephone number, the victim is greeted with “Welcome to the bank of ……” and then requested to enter their card number in order to resolve their pending issue.

Potential victims should be aware that opening spam e-mails may actually contain malicious code known as malware. Malware can harm your computer so do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided.

Due to rapidly evolving criminal methodologies, it is impossible to list every possible vishing/phising scenario so you should protect you PII . This means being wary of e-mails, telephone calls, or text messages requesting your PII.

If you are a victim of a vishing scam then you should file a complaint immediately by heading over to www.ic3.gov.