Washington: Phishing Scams on the Rise

November 21, 2011
The American Bankers Association is warning consumers not to fall victim to a sudden increase in phishing scams that have been reported in states around the country.
 
According to reports, perpetrators are using automated dialers, text messages or e-mails to misinform consumers that their accounts have been closed due to fraud. Consumers are then prompted to enter in their card information, including expiration number and three-digit CV code on the back of the card, in order to reactivate their accounts. Those who respond to these inquires run the potential risk of having their information used to fraudulently purchase goods, and services or to obtain credit. Just delete the e-mail and call your bank if you have a concern. Look up the phone number yourself, do not call any phone numbers on the e-mail, text or from the dialer.