New Identity Theft Scam

Identity Theft Scams Revamp Once Again

People are becoming wise to the phishing games that identity theft criminals play. Most of us know that if we receive an email from our “bank” asking us to provide personal information to resolve an issue with our account, we should ignore the email and delete it or even forward it to the authorities. But as with most scams, once consumers become wise to the games being played, the criminals reinvent the scams finding new ways to achieve their unscrupulous goals.

A New Twist

One of the most common ways of thwarting the attempts of phishers has been to actually call your bank to find out if the email was really sent from them and banks have been telling their customers that they would never request personal information via email. So what happens when you receive an email asking you to call your bank? You may very well call them, not realizing you’re actually falling into an identity theft trap.

Phishers are now sending out a new variety of identity theft emails. In the new emails, consumers are being asked to call their bank to resolve an account issue. The problem is, when the consumer calls the number given in the email, they’re not really on the phone with their bank, they’re on a line operated by sophisticated identity theft criminals.

Because you think you’re on the phone with your bank, you have no problem punching your account number into the phone to verify your account information. After all, this is common banking practice. However, you’re actually providing this information to an identity theft criminal.

Protect Yourself

If you really want to protect yourself from identity theft, never call a number provided to you in an email. Instead, call the number on the back of your credit card or the number listed in the phone book for your banking institution. Only then can you be sure that you’re on the phone with who you think you are and not an identity theft criminal.

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For the scams that promise large sums of money, and these people have your id, and even bank information, and provide you with their bakn information, the best solution would be the solution that Alexander the Great used and people until now, use Him as a front to state their views:

Funeral Games, taken from the times of his father Philip of Macedon until now, id est, 6th century b.c.e until current. This would mean that all unwanted and uneeded events and situations in life have died along with the great Generals.

LV

As always, Scambusters provides members of every changing clues on how to protect oneself from unscrupulous con artists. Keep up the excellent way providing this type of information to the Internet community.

Sirsorma'ams:

It's so easy to be phished. I received a call from my doctor's office saying there was a problem with my insurance refusing to pay a claim. That got my attention. My insurance account number happens to be my SSN. I don't know all the people who work at the doctor's office, so I didn't know if the lady actually worked there. Without thinking, I ASKED HER if I could verify my SSN, and blurted it out! It was correct. Then she found some checkmark on the form that hadn't been checked; that was the real cause of the reject. I've been watching my accounts since that day.

However, I'm a veteran, and my ID info, along with that of millions of other veterans, has recently been stolen from a laptop at the VA. If my ID is thieved, I'll never know if it was the doctor's office or the VA.

Bob Turner
Dalzell, SC

Help! I am unable to print your articles in their entirety. Page One comes out fine, then it jumps to "trackback." Is this intentional? Are others having the same problem, or is it my computer?

Hi Audri and Jim Lanford,

I just want to thank you for you articles. They are very helpful and probably prevent people from falling into bad situations. I always forward them to friends and co-workers. I know that some of them have signed up to receive them directly. Keep up the good work and thanks.
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Have you seen the one from a supposeded foreign bank employee with money needed to be claimed from someone who died in a plane crash. They ask for you phone#, address, bank address, and dob so that the process of splitting the funds may commence with them getting 60% and you 40%. be on the lookout for this one. and who should this be reported to?

Recently I receive a check of which i did the research,and found out that the check was good, verfied by the bank upon which it was drawn.
When i took it to my bank,they conficated and gave me back a copy stamped counterfeit, but they took the original.
$9,854.00 lost.
Could it be that we have scamster within our financial instutions.
So who can we trust these days.
It seems everone is on the take one way or the other.
Some scamster ever get laws pass to protect their scams.
So it would seem the loosers in this world is the truly honest people.

sign: Mr. Clifford Mitchell

Your site has been a great help to me.

I am trying to find if a home business is a scam or the real thing.

The program is called 1 step. Can you tell me anything about it?

Excellent advice. Thanks!

I doubt this is a new question but I have not seen it yet anywhere. What about these all to common and widespread "job fairs"? Are they a known and verified source of scamming, identity theft, and other shenanigans? It occured to me they very well could be, because you make available all of your personal information especially your SSN! What are the reports on this and who checks the credibility and authenticity of the "companies" that participate in these job fairs?

Since you all are on top of the crooks game, looks like they would really be after you all site to do whatever they could to destroy it. cj

Just a comment about the personal information that was stolen from the Veterans' Administration's employees home. My husband and I received a letter from the Veterans' Administration indicating that his information might have been among the information that was stolen. This is interesting because almost 20 years ago, he was in Officers' Training School which he "washed out" of meaning that neither he nor I was aware that the Veterans' Administration had information on him because he is not technically a veteran. Ever since we have been with a bank with online banking, I have been keeping a daily watch on our bank accounts so I would already have been aware of anything improper happening on that account. But I am now in the process of getting our credit reports to make sure nothing untoward has happened with them on account of this incident.

I received an email from a man claiming to be an attorney in Malaysia and he has 7.5 million dollars that could be claimed by me as an inheritance due to a deceased man that has the same last name as mine. He has only asked for my address thus far, but he claims this is a legit business offer. He does want 60% of the money though... is this a scam?

Thanks all for all this excellent insight. I get atleast 25 emails a day saying either I won the computer lotto, or going in business with a co. overseas or they need the next a kin for someone for splitting $$$ millions of dollars. Of course at the end they all want some sort of money from me. I don't bite to any of them, well truth be known I did do a few for overseas, as the in between neither turned out in my favor.
As for "Richard H." posting, I am not sure about that particular home business never heard of it. But the one I am with is very legit, and you do get paid handsomly and the products are good. I tried them before I signed up. I am honest and feel I should be if promoting something. If you are interested in this just follow my url. Anyways keep up the great work you all, and I will be adding my 2 cents in when permitted.
Bye Bye
Sallie

I really find it ironic how much the SSN is required for just about everything. The irony is in the fact that this number is NOT supposed to be used for identification purposes.

What really bothers me is that my original SSN card states quite clearly on it that it's not meant to be used for identification purposes, but newer cards being issued don't have that warning.

I am a member of ScamBusters and I thank you for the great work.
Somehow people send emails from programs that I have not subscribed to and it is impossible to unsubscribe when they have the "Remove me" at the end of the advertisement.
I am really looking for a legit program without all the extra downloads send as "free gifts".
I have spent so much on programs and advertising but have never made a cent.
Is there really a legit way of making money?
Thanking you
Tess.

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