By Tracy Kitten
Bank Info Security
September 12, 2010
Telephone-based phishing, or vishing scams are quickly ranking among
the most popular socially-engineered schemes perpetrated by fraudsters.
The latest target: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which last week
warned of a vishing scam that is duping consumers.
According to the FDIC's statement, the criminals behind the vishing
calls allegedly told consumers they were delinquent in loan payments
that had been applied for over the Internet or made through a payday
lender. The loans may or may have not even existed, giving the vishers
opportunity to collect personal information to confirm the authenticity
of the loans. Recipients of the calls said the vishers requested
everything from Social Security numbers to dates of birth.
The FDIC-related vishing scam is but one in a number of targeted vishing
attacks reported in recent months - a reflection of the growing
sophistication of the criminals who perpetrate socially engineered
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