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Commonwealth CU reports new vishing attacks
FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/18/08)--For the second time in three weeks, a Frankfort, Ky.-based credit union, Commonwealth CU, has been the target of an extensive vishing or "voice phishing" scam. Commonwealth sent a scam alert Friday about the latest attempt to gather information for possible identity theft purposes via automated telephone messages purporting to be from the credit union. Gloria S. Thomas, fraud and loss prevention manager at the -based credit union, said that Thursday and early Friday morning individuals began receiving telephone calls with an automated message that said the recipients' credit card had been suspended. The message left a phone number to contact to reactivate the card. "If you called the number you got an automated message that said, 'Press one to activate your card,'" she said. "When you pressed one, you were asked for your 16-digit credit card number." A variety of numbers were used, including some of the same phone numbers employed in the previous attack, three weeks ago. In that attack, thousands of Kentuckians received the recorded phone calls. The incidents prompted a warning to the public about the scam from the state's attorney general (News Now Aug. 11). New numbers used in Thursday's and Friday's scams are:
* 214-556-5796 in Plano, Texas; * 404-419-7498 and 404-498-4197, both in Atlanta, Ga.; * 604-484-9400, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; * 714-442-3659, Santa Ana, Calif.; * 800-909-9690, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; * 909-923-6441, Ontario, Calif.
Several numbers were used in both scam attempts. Many were companies that were "Masked for Caller ID." Three of the numbers were disconnected. Numbers that were used in both scan attempts are:
* 303-773-8228, Englewood, Colo.; * 412-729-9885, Elizabeth, Pa.; * 503-924-4505, Beaverton, Ore.; * 563-386-2311, Davenport, Iowa; * 617-507-6706, Boston, Mass.; * 720-204-1286, Longmont, Colo.; * 860-359-4493, Columbia, Conn.; * 909-474-7070; San Bernardino, Calif.; and * 949-225-3939, Irvine, Calif.
Another vishing scam was reported by Florida CU, Gainesville, Fla. It began receiving calls last week from members and nonmembers reporting they received an automated call or text message to their cell phones with the same tactic as the other attempts (Ocala.com Aug. 13).
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