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Credit Scams by Phone

April 21, 2008 | Updated on April 21, 2008
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Phone Credit Card Scams Target the Most Trustworthy!

Most credit cardholders know perfectly well that there's a lot of fraudulent activity on plastics. Really, we hear about various credit scams all the time. However, when you meet face to face with another credit scam, you can hardly feel something fishy, especially if you happen to be trustworthy by nature. If someone calls you by the phone and claims to be the rep from your card company, it seems to be ok. But when this strange someone asks you for some specific information, like your SSN, and your card's number, most probably, it's nothing but a disgusting credit scam. Learn more about phone scammers and what you can do to protect yourself from this crime.

Present days, police investigators see a substantial increase in reports dealing with phone credit card scams. The scenario is almost the same. The phone rings, you answer, and a caller says he or she needs to confirm information about your credit cards, and this stranger asks you to provide some sensitive information to verify your account, or transaction.

Sometimes, however they may give you a toll-free number to call, and then some computerized voice will answer you, and again will ask you for your card's number. Though these calls are really suspicious, there are those who fall for this scam, these trustworthy people are likely to give his/her sensitive information with no questions.

Generally, various credit scams are directed at people who are likely to fall for it, like elderly people, i.e. the most trustworthy. Besides, people of this age group may not be aware of the rapid development of ID theft and its dangers.

Interestingly, but sometimes these calls may be quite legitimate. The big question is, how can you do what your company's reps ask and still feel protected against credit card crooks? Most cardholders hang up when they notice something strange, or refuse providing their personal information. And in fact, it's a wise thing to do.

If you have doubts whether this call is legitimate or not, call your credit customer service to clear this question up. If this call really deals with something important, you can sort-out a problem with the rep of your card company. They will help you to sort-out this problem. You can also ask a caller to give you his/her number to call back. If they protest, the chances are big that this is a scam.

There is an additional option of credit crime protection for those who don't want to be bothered. You may place yourself on the do not call lists and get rested that your personal information will not come into the hands of crooks. All in all, the best way to protect yourself from fraudulent activities is to keep an eye of your account, and be on the alert when it comes to your personal data. Like it or not, but there are so many crooks who do their darndest to get valuable information that may cost you dear.

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