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Old 06-15-2009, 01:08 PM
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This morning, I received a call from a toll-free number that was supposedly from Sterling Bank. The computer-generated voice on the other end was calling to warn me of fraud on my account and urged me to call an 866 number for assistance.

Since I don't bank at Sterling, I was immediately suspicious it was a phishing attempt. I Googled the 866 number and found a page with someone at another site reporting that the automated phone system at that number requires the caller to enter their account numbers!

I hope that no Sterling Bank customers get hoodwinked by this trick.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:54 PM
 
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This morning, I received a call from a toll-free number that was supposedly from Sterling Bank. The computer-generated voice on the other end was calling to warn me of fraud on my account and urged me to call an 866 number for assistance.

Since I don't bank at Sterling, I was immediately suspicious it was a phishing attempt. I Googled the 866 number and found a page with someone at another site reporting that the automated phone system at that number requires the caller to enter their account numbers!

I hope that no Sterling Bank customers get hoodwinked by this trick.
I posted about this in the off topic thread. Mine were text messages. On Friday and today. The weird part is there was no number. Only the number listed in the text. Course I didn't call it since I don't bank at Sterling. Did the info you find say if Sterling Bank is aware of it?
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:35 PM
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I posted about this in the off topic thread. Mine were text messages. On Friday and today. The weird part is there was no number. Only the number listed in the text. Course I didn't call it since I don't bank at Sterling. Did the info you find say if Sterling Bank is aware of it?
No, it was just someone expressing shock that people might actually enter their account numbers into that system.

I tried using the contact form on Sterling's web site to let them know about this. After a few minutes of entering my contact info, the details of the call and the link that had the info about the other recording, I clicked the button to submit my info. The web site returned an error message. I could have called, but I figured an issue like that reported by a non-customer would take 20 minutes to get to the right person. So I just gave up after the web site fiasco. Maybe they'll read about it here someday.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:50 PM
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Why not call one of the San Antonio television news stations? They'd love to investigate and report on something like this. There really are people who would fall for something like this--elderly people can get ripped off easily.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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Why not call one of the San Antonio television news stations? They'd love to investigate and report on something like this. There really are people who would fall for something like this--elderly people can get ripped off easily.
I don't know much about Sterling Bank.....is it a large bank? It would only really work on someone who has an actual account and was worried about it. Sadly, you're right about some people falling for it...and they don't have to be elderly. Coulda been me if they picked the right bank!
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:14 PM
 
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I got this call today. I had a feeling it was a scam.
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