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Protect Yourself From Consumer Fraud

The phone rings. Your caller ID displays a number that appears to be from your bank’s official customer service number. So, you answer the call.

On the other end is someone claiming to be a customer service representative calling to inform you that there’s a security issue with your bank account. They urge you to provide personal information, such as your Social Security number and other account credentials, to resolve the issue.

Panicked, you willingly give the nice customer service representative everything they need to secure your account.

It’s not until a few days later that you realize you’ve been scammed by someone spoofing your bank’s official phone number. They now have enough personal information about you to steal your identity and raid your bank account a