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So... I just got phone phished.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by thewalkingbread, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. thewalkingbread

    thewalkingbread New Member

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    Well, they tried to at least.

    The scammers called me and said they were from my bank, and asked me to log into my bank account to check some unusual activity. A little odd, but not so crazy.

    So I said i would, but then hung up. Then called up the fraud department from my bank, and asked if someone had just called me regarding my account. They didn't know anything of it, and said it was likely a scammer.

    Has anyone ever had this? It was new to me.
     
  2. dr.flay

    dr.flay Dr.Flay™

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  3. Al

    Al Reaper

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    Good point. ^
     
  4. thewalkingbread

    thewalkingbread New Member

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    Interesting... but wouldn't the malware pick up the details without the phone call?
     
  5. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    I've had these random scam calls about electricity service providers and "people from Microsoft" who want access to my computer... I just tell them to fuck off.
     
  6. thewalkingbread

    thewalkingbread New Member

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    Was a little unnerving tbh. I've been reading about how phishing works and it's pretty terrifying! So many online threats out there...
    that said, I've found some pretty good info to defend myself, so I guess as long as we know the tricks, we can block them.

    Who remembers the Nigerian prince scam?
     
  7. Balton

    Balton The Beast of Worship

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    There's an easy solution against phishing. Don't go digital with your banking.
    And on sunny days I don't just delete phishing mails, I go on their website and fill out fake information. Spam the spammers :)
     
  8. thewalkingbread

    thewalkingbread New Member

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    Ha, I don't think I have the time to spam the spammers. But no digital banking? That's unlikely... I'm not going to the bank every time I need to transfer money.
     
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  9. Nemephosis

    Nemephosis Earning my Infrequent Flier miles

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    You can identify phishing emails etc. by using a little common sense. No one will ever legitimately contact you and ask for your credentials. Ever. They just don't. They all say they never will. You don't need to know anything else other than this.
     
  10. tomcat ha

    tomcat ha Well-Known Member

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    i use digital banking but the system my bank uses seems reasonably hard to crack.
     
  11. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    Social engineering usually has decent returns which is a how a number of high profile hacks happened in the past couple of years.
     
  12. thewalkingbread

    thewalkingbread New Member

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    Still surprising to see that major banks and companies get hacked...
     
  13. Hadmar

    Hadmar Queen Bitch of the Universe

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    Not at all. IT departments struggle with keeping things up to date for various reasons, including lack of resources and the very real fear of shit breaking apart after installing a patch, or the inability to take servers offline during specific periods of time due to business needs. Even if everything is updated there's tons more to security that, again for various reasons IT departments struggle with, including lack of resources, uneducated users, other admins who just don't give a crap, hard business needs (including users crying about how everything is complicated up the food chain). And then there's social engineering on top.

    And even if all of that is out of the way, the state of software (and hardware) can best be described as everything is always broken.

    The only surprise I have is how little is happening. Well, visibly anyway.
     

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