Mar 8, 2009
We've all heard of phishing, where scam artists send out bogus emails
designed to look like they come from you bank, credit card company, etc.,
directing you to a phony site in hopes you'll enter your passwords,
credit care numbers, social security number and so on. Recently a new
tactic has emerged: Phone Phishing
This takes the form of a recording with a vague statement about your car's
warrantee or your credit card interest rate and they usually lie that they
have called several times before. The ambiguity makes it clear (how's that
for a phrase?) that they are not actually calling about what they say they
are calling about, otherwise they would give some details.
There are two possible reasons that they are making bogus statements:
#1 It is a ploy to get you to pick up the phone.
They know fully well that if they told you right off the bat that they
are trying to sell you some unrelated product or that they are a debt
collector trying to con you into paying somebody else's debt you wouldn't
pick up the phone!
#2 They are trying to collect details about the item mentioned
When they are "extending your car's warrantee" or "lowering the rate on
your cedit card" they will be collecting a lot of sensitive personal
information which could be used in a scam!