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 A new modality in phishing scams?

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Captain Pike
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I got this in my catcher today. I have X'd out part of the phone number for the following reasons:

1. If you call it from your home phone, you will give up your phone number even if you have caller ID blocked.

2. Not all 800 numbers are "toll free".

3. I don't want people going to payphones to "run up" the scammer's bill; we're not here to break any laws (that's the lad's job).

My reason for posting this is that I've never seen it before and I wanted to know if anyone else has.

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Please do not delete this section.
Email_ID:#800207302432039035216_
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Because we care about your security, we are contacting you to confirm
that for security reason, we have restricted your check card and your
current PIN.
How to remove current restriction.

* Call 1-800-475-xxxx
* Our automated system allows you to quickly activate your card.

Thank you for banking with Schlumberger Employees Credit Union (SECU)!

Sincerely,
Scott A. Jashinski
Online Banking Manager
To protect your privacy, messages from Schlumberger Employees Credit Union (SECU) will never ask you for any information through e-mail that would uniquely identify you.
Please do not respond to this message. Replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. Schlumberger Employees Credit Union (SECU) made the following annotations.
Electronic Privacy Notice. This e-mail, and any attachments, contains information that is, or may be, covered by electronic communications privacy laws, and is also confidential and
proprietary in nature. If you are not the intended recipient, please be advised that you are legally prohibited from retaining, using, copying, distributing, or otherwise disclosing this
information in any manner. Instead, please reply to the sender that you have received this communication in error, and then immediately delete it.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've heard about it, however I don't recall seeing it in any of my inboxes...

It's referred to as "Vishing" (Phone/Voice Phishing)... It's been around for the last few years... here are a few links on the topic:

Business Week
World Spy
Microsoft Security
Vishing: Santa Barbara Trust

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

@@Captain Pike I got the same message today as well. I have been exchanging emails and phone calls with security at Schlumberger Credit Union over this today. Orginially it was the 800 harvesting pins. Last I heard the 800 number was now an answering service. I received an email a couple hours ago that this whole scam was effectively dead.

This is a departure from the normal phishing email. There are many variations on this that could hide the scammer making them a lot harder to trace than the 800 number they used.

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