Did you just receive a suspicious telephone phishing call? Listen and learn how the Tech Woes privacy expert deals with and defeats a telephone phishing call.
A telephone phishing call
is one intended to steal your money and/or identity. For example, someone calls with a free offer. All you have to do is pay shipping and handling. Of course, what they really want is your credit card. Perhaps, “You’ve won a vacation.” Unfortunately, what you have really won is an opportunity to pay far more in hidden costs than the vacation is worth. So, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Here is a great resource of information on phone scams. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams.
Following is a transcript
of a person concerned about a possible phishing call and a shamefully unhelpful tech support person. As is my policy, I have changed the names to protect the guilty. Any resemblance to real life situations is purely coincidental. Or is it? Perhaps, it is a little bit of both. I hope you enjoy my goofy attempt at geek humor. I welcome you to express your opinions and share your frustrating experiences in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it with others. Thank you for stopping by. Craig Herberg
Unhelpful tech support guy: Technical support. How may we humiliate you?
Unsuspecting tech woes victim: I just received a phone call from someone saying there is a problem with my bank account.
Unhelpful tech support guy: Did they say the name of the bank?
Unsuspecting tech woes victim: No, they didn’t.
Unhelpful tech support guy: Go ahead and give then the name of your bank, account number, pin, social security number, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, as well as your car keys and house key.
Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Are you sure that’s ok? What if this is a scam?
Unhelpful tech support guy: Of course it’s ok. Scammers always use computers.
Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Thank you so much. I guess I’m just being overly cautious.
Unhelpful tech support guy: A lot of people are stupid that way. [Aside] Sheeeesh. Get a life.