Consumerist – Identity Theft Hysteria Overblown, Watch Your Debit Card Instead – Obama’s helicopter plans

If someone calls you and says they’re your bank or anyone like that asking you anything at all that’s sensitive I hang up on them. Or you could say I’ll call you back and call the registered phone number. Don’t ever call a number they give you, because there’s systems now where they call the criminal’s number and they’ll route right through to the real bank but they’ll be listening in on there cause it’s routing through them.

BEN POPKEN: Whoa.

AVIVAH LITAN: It’s like called the “vishing attack.” You call their 800 number and they route it right through to the bank. So you’re talking to the bank but they’re listening to the whole thing. And they get your PIN when you type it in.

via Consumerist – Identity Theft Hysteria Overblown, Watch Your Debit Card Instead – Obama’s helicopter plans.

scary shit. this is why I don’t use money, but it’s still confusing to people to accept pine cones as legal tender

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