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Phoney Phone Call Reeks of Vishing
Thursday, March 20, 2014

A reminder from the Lee County Sheriff's Office: Never give out your personal information such as your social security or bank account numbers to anyone you do not know, no matter who they say they are!

Fortunately, one lucky resident followed this advice recently when she received a phone call at her place of employment from someone claiming to be a representative of JP Morgan Chase Bank with a warning that her social security number was linked to the opening of a fraudulent bank account. The caller wanted the victim to verify her personal information so he could “take care of the matter”; otherwise he would be forced to finalize opening the account. The victim recognized she was being targeted for identity theft and refused to cooperate with the caller.

When the ID thief could not get the information he wanted from the victim, he waited a few minutes before calling back, this time speaking to the victim’s boss and once again asking for verification of her social security number and other personal information. The supervisor did not comply and disconnected the call. A check of the phone number from which the scammer called is not connected to JP Morgan Chase Bank or any other banking institution, which confirms this phone call did not come from Chase, but rather from a fraudulent individual posing as the banking giant.

If you receive a phone call such as this, hang up the phone immediately. If you are concerned your personal information may have been compromised and used to conduct fraudulent transactions, contact your financial institution, credit card companies, phone companies, and any accounts you suspect may have been opened or tampered with.

 Remember this, a legitimate company will never ask you to provide your social security number, PIN or password over the phone. For more information about this scam or to report a fraud or scam, contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office Fraud Line at 258-3292.