Cox Warns Against New Identity Theft Scam
Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) today warned against a new scam thieves are using to obtain consumers’ personal and financial information.
The scam, called “vishing,” usually works like this: The intended victim receives a phone call with a recorded message claiming his or her credit card has been compromised and urging the consumer to call a certain phone number immediately. Once the consumer calls that number, another recorded message asks for the 16-digit credit card number. At that point, software converts the keystrokes into a numeric display and the credit card has been compromised.
According to the state attorney general’s office, Caller ID systems provide little to no protection against vishing scams because of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. Because of VoIP, scammers can make the incoming phone number appear is though the call is coming from the consumer’s financial institution.
Consumers who receive such calls are encouraged to call their financial institutions directly to verify any potential problems with their accounts.

Cox also warned that the U.S. Treasury Department is cautioning that scammers may try to use new regulations regarding increased security on Internet banking to obtain information under the guise of complying with new security regulations. Never give out Social Security numbers, account numbers, passwords or validation questions or answers and to call their financial institution if they ever receive a phone call or e-mail requesting such information.

For more information on identity theft protection, visit Rep Cox’s Web site at
Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(610) 670-0139
(717) 772-2435
Contact: Joe Pistorio
(717) 787-2932
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March 19, 2007