While everyone was busy holiday shopping the last few months, hackers were busy breaching over 40 million credit and debit cards from the Target point of sale system. This Target mega data breach hit the main stream media and the wolves have been out ripping Target, and their terrible info security. The CEO even responded with an offer of a 10% discount as an apology. Now the Better Business Bureau has issued a scam alert.
How the Scam Works:
You receive a text message, which claims to be from your credit card company. It says your card has been blocked in response to fraudulent activity following the recent data breach. The message asks you to call a phone number to verify your account information. Of course, the text message is just a con to get you to share your card number and other info.
As usual, this scam has many forms. Scammers have been contacting people through email, text messages and phone calls. In another version, scammers call and claim to represent Target. They ask consumers to “verify” their name, address, social security and other information to supposedly check whether it was comprised in the breach. Whatever the guise, the scammers are always after your credit card number or other personal information.
You can read the full report here: BBB Says Scams Popping Up In Wake Of Target Data Breach