Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Telephone Banking Scam

During holidays, most people's guards are low because of the happy ambiance surrounding them. Telephone scammers take advantage of this. They call people during Thanksgiving informing them that the person's account was frozen. They will tell the victim to call a toll-free number to verify their information process reinstatement.

Some reports the call to the police while others get victimized. The call were well-timed. The scammers make sure that the banks are closed when they call the victims or when the victims call the banks. When the victim calls the toll-number given to verify their identity, they were asked to give out their bank account numbers, debit or credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and PIN numbers. These information should not be given out immediately by consumers. Just think what the bank needs these infomation for when it already have them in their data.

When you get calls like this, keep your guards up and do not be distracted by the hustle and bustle brought about by the holidays. Check the phone number you got the call from against the phone number of the bank on your statement and verify directly. And to prevent such calls from happening again, verify the phone number of the scammer via Get their information and report to FTC and the police. Share your reviews about the phone number so that nobody's holiday spirit gets hurt by such calls.

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