Sacto 9-1-1
December 15, 2009
Cell phone scam elicits call for caution in Yolo County

From Bill Lindelof:

The Yolo County District Attorney is warning that there is a rise in cell phone "vishing," attempts to extract personal information and then use that for financial gain.

In vishing, a scam artist tries to get the victim to call a phone number to provide personal information to solve a fictional problem at a bank or with a credit or debit card. The scammer tries to get the possible victim to verify or reactivate an account.

Recently, an 80-year-old Knights Landing resident said she received four vishing text messages on her cell phone in one day. The messages asked her to call her bank and provided a phone number she should call.

However, the savvy woman was not tricked. She recognized the text as a possible scam and called her bank using a number she knew was correct.

The bank confirmed there was no problem.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig said in a press release that consumers should "never release your personal identifying information like bank and credit card numbers, Social Security numbers or secret passwords in response to an unsolicited request of any kind."

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