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ReversePhoneDirectory.com Provides Resource to Protect Consumers from Falling Victim to Newest Phone Scam: Vishing

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Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 27, 2011

ReversePhoneDirectory.com, a leading resource in reverse phone lookup and public records, issues a warning to the public about the latest invasion of privacy that intends to separate people from their hard-earned money, vishing. Vishing is an update to phishing. Phishing is an electronic communication that masquerades as a trustworthy company in an order to persuade the victim to give up financial information. Vishing is an attempt to acquire sensitive personal information through phone calls by pretending to be a trusted financial institution using automated voice-dialing machines. The term is a combination of voice and phishing.

Vishing is can be low cost and typically used to steal credit card numbers, birth dates, PIN numbers, and even CVV codes. The criminal configures the automated dialer to call phone numbers of potential victims. The list is most likely obtained through stealing from a financial institution. When the victim answers the call it is most likely an automated recording generated from a text to speech synthesizer. The call will alert the customer that their credit card or bank account has had fraudulent activity. The message tells the customer to call a phone number, often the same number shown in the caller ID. The number the victim calls tells them to enter their credit card or bank account number. Once this is done the criminal has the necessary information to use the account.

These schemers can be deceiving. Credible sounding automated machines answer toll-free numbers and lure customers into giving financial information by asking that the victim "confirm" such intimate information as ATM Card PIN, SSN, e-mail addresses, and even CVV codes. In many cases this information is used to create duplicate credit and debit cards. Some cases have even been recorded in which a victim's information was obtained, made into a credit card, and used halfway around the world within 30 minutes.

ReversePhoneDirectory.com advises consumers to be wary of any suspicious phone calls asking for personal information. Any unsolicited phone calls should be looked up on ReversePhoneDirectory.com. Simply enter the 10-digit number. ReversePhoneDirectory.com provides reverse phone lookup services that enable consumers to simply search a number, including cell numbers (where available), landline numbers and VoIP to accurately find the owner of that number. ReversePhoneDirectory.com is a valuable resource that protects the public from being a victim of the scam that preys on people's trust of financial institutions.

About ReversePhoneDirectory.com

Reverse Phone Directory provides access to reverse phone lookup online. In addition to phone number information, ReversePhoneDirectory.com has search portals for public records services and provides access to the most current information. ReversePhoneDirectory.com is dedicated to using the most technologically advanced searches and believes that the public is entitled to information.

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Author: Voip Phreak

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