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Friday, April 10, 2009

FIRST PHISHING, NOW VISHING…

There might be a sucker born every minute, but that doesn’t mean you need to be one. You should know that some of the people who’ve been trying to sucker you with online scams are now trying to use the telephone to accomplish the same thing:

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How can you protect yourself?

1. If you get a call from a company you’ve never heard of that either is demanding a payment of some sort, or telling you that you’ve won a really great prize in a contest you don’t recall entering, be extremely wary-- it’s most likely a scam. Rule of thumb: if it sounds unreal, it’s a very bad deal…
2. If you need to send money for whatever reason before the caller can send you a prize you’ve allegedly won, it’s most likely a scam. Rule of thumb: if you need to send loot, give the caller the boot…
3. If you have to do whatever the caller wants immediately, or else lose the wonderful whatever they’ve promised you, it’s most likely a scam. Rule of thumb: if they say it can’t wait, the cost to you will be great…
4. If someone calling you out of the blue demands that you immediately provide critical personal information like Social Security number or credit card or bank account numbers over the phone, it’s most likely a scam. Rule of thumb: if the caller’s in a hurry, you really need to worry…
5. If an unknown caller provides you with number to call, or a website URL to visit—- it’s most likely a scam. Look up the phone number or website address for that company or person yourself-- the phone number or web address they gave you is probably a phishing site…

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