Hacking personal data.
Beware! Your personal data may be hacked by phone. While you were equipping yourself to deal with online identity theft, Websense Security Labs reported a scam involving information theft through phones.
Several customers received e-mails disguised as warnings from Santa Barbara Bank and Trust about a supposed problem with their bank accounts. Instead of directing them to the bank’s website, the e-mail listed a phone number and directed the customers to call that number to verify their identity.
When victims called the number, an automated voice response system asked them to enter their account numbers using the phone keypad. Obviously, scamsters collect this information for malicious purposes.
Paul Henry of California based security solutions provider said voice phishing is dangerous because although internet users will not click on the URL in an e-mail, they are quite often accustomed to entering their credit card number or account number via the phone keypad.
So to avoid becoming a prey to such scamsters, be aware, alert and help yourself. Do not give your bank account numbers or credit card numbers through the phone key pad.