Monday, September 8, 2008

Smishing (Cell Phone Scam)

A new scam involving cell phones has emerged. Identity thieves have long used "phishing" in e-mails to obtain personal and financial information from victims. This new scams involves SMS (Short Message Service) called "smishing". A potential victim receives a text message to their cell phone posing as a financial institution stating that their account has been compromised and links them to a fraudulent website where the thief again try to gain access to the account numbers.

If you receive a phone call asking you to verify your personal information hang up immediately. Legitimate financial institutions will never do this.

If you did not initiate the contact hang up or delete the message immediately.

Report suspicious emails, text messages, or phone calls the to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT
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