On March 31st in my scam of the day I told you about the hacking into credit card payment processor Global Payments that compromised the security of millions of credit card holders. For those of you who were affected by this scam, you should be contacted by the bank issuing your credit card to arrange for a new credit card to replace the tainted one. However, when you receive a communication from your “bank,” it may not actually be from your bank. It might well be from an identity thief seeking personal information from you to further victimize you.
As always, never give information over the phone or through an email to someone you have not called or have not contacted at an email address that you know is accurate. If you are contacted by your bank by phone and asked to provide information, call the bank back at a number that you know is accurate to insure that you are not dealing with an identity thief.