Scammers Now Using Automated Phone Systems For Identity Theft

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A San Francisco-based e-mail security company, said it has seen two separate attacks this week. In both cases, the spammed message warns of a problem with a bank account and instructs the recipient to dial a phone number to resolve it.

The caller is connected to a voice response system that is made to sound exactly like the bank's own system.

"The phone system identifies itself to the target as the financial institution and prompts them to enter account number and PIN."

While this does seems like an inevitability as the spammers get more and more sophisticated (and the authorities are either unwilling, or incapable of catching them), ironically, the company bringing this new phishing technique public is a company that claims to have a solution to the problem.

In any case, this is a new threat for which people should be on the lookout.





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