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New spear-phishing attack I hadn’t heard of before

I just got a text message on my cell phone.  The message said

Chase anual (sic) maintenance.
Please call 877-257-1139

The message itself was from phone number 1010100001

If you dial the 877 number, you'll hear a lovely American recorded voice asking for your Debit card number and PIN.

Obviously, it's fake.  But what a clever way to grab debit card numbers.  Frank Abagnale, the famous author of Catch Me If You Can, says he never uses Debit cards because they are the same as cash – and in fact don't fail until you run out of cash.  Word to the wise.

  1. daniel
    March 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

    got one too

  2. amy
    March 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    ditto – glad that you posted, as i googled the # and found your message.

  3. April 3, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Curious, what cell phone carrier do you use? Verizon?

  4. April 4, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I got the call on my ATT Wireless number.

  5. Steve
    April 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I haven’t heard of that one either. It did prompt me to spend a little time reviewing other phishing techniques these days. I found some good stuff at this site: http://www.justaskgemalto.com/en/search/node/phishing.

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