Scams are on the rise – Your amazon account is on hold, your apple account has been suspended and so on.
Some have 800 numbers for you to call, while others just want you to click that convenient button in the email.
Do not trust the phone numbers in the email or the buttons. Do not trust incoming calls. Go to your records or web site by keying in the url or using your own shortcut and then look for issues and/or phone numbers to call AND CLARIFY.
Be suspicious and, if in doubt, never supply personal information, user ids or passwords!
Many security-conscious people probably think they'd never fall for a phone-based phishing scam.
But if your response to such a scam involves anything other than hanging up and calling back the entity that claims to be calling, you may be in for a rude awakening.
Brian Krebs: Here's how one security and tech-savvy reader got taken for more than $10,000 in an elaborate, weeks-long ruse. Today's lesson in how not to get scammed comes from "Mitch," the pseudonym I picked for a reader in California who shared his harrowing tale on condition of anonymity. Mitch is a veteran of the tech industry -- having worked in security for several years at a fairly major cloud-based service -- so he's understandably embarrassed that he got taken in by this confidence scheme. On Friday, April 17, Mitch received a call from what he thought was his financial institution, warning him that fraud had been detected on his account. Mitch said the caller ID for that incoming call displayed the same phone number that was printed on the back of his debit card. But Mitch knew enough of scams to understand that fraudsters can and often do spoof phone numbers. So while still on the phone with the caller, he quickly logged into his account and saw that there were indeed multiple unauthorized transactions going back several weeks. Most were relatively small charges -- under $100 apiece -- but there were also two very recent $800 ATM withdrawals from cash machines in Florida.
Friday, April 24, 2020