Identity Theft / Fraud Specialist Scam
Scammers are posing as identity theft / fraud specialists in order to obtain personal information from the victim.
Who Is It Targeting: Citizens across the country
What Is It: Scammers learn what financial institution a victim uses and pretends to be an identity theft / fraud specialist with that company. The scammer calls the victim, alerting them that their credit card has been compromised and that a new card is on its way. Throughout the call, the scammer is often able to gather enough personal information from the victim to steal their identity and make fraudulent purchases.
What Are They After: Personable Identifiable Information, Account Information
How Can You Avoid It:
- Be aware of who you give your information to over the phone.
- If a call seems out of the blue, ask which company they are with and hang up.. Contact the company by calling the phone number on the back of your credit card to confirm they had called you or if it was a scam.
- Report the scammer to the company and the police.
- Don’t be deceived if the area code is the same as where you reside. Scammers can use technology to disguise their area code in Caller ID systems and can call from anywhere.
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For full details of this scam check out this article from Houston Press.