I'm not a fan of the coined term. But if you don't know what this is, you should for your own protection.
USA Today article from today.http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story ... 50817688/1
I first got one of these calls back in 2006. It is fairly common. But most of the time they are not specific to the bank, they are broad to get you to input your information for them to narrow it down. For example, I received a call onetime that told me that some accounts at "my bank" had been compromised due to a scam and some debit/credit card numbers with their pins had been copied. For immediate protection a phone notification system had been put in place to call all account holders to reset their pins over the phone. All we needed do was "verify" we were the card holders by putting in our card number, pin, 3 digit card security code and our SSN.... Just like the guy in the article I freaked a little at first but hung up to call my bank directly, at which point they told me it was most likely a scam because none of that was true.If you feel you are being targeting, here are some red flags for this sort of attack:
Unknown or strange number (ex: 000-000-1234).
If they call every day (even after you hang up on them) or several times a day.
If they never mention YOU or your bank by name. If it was real they would have that information.
If you are speaking to a machine.
If you are speaking to an individual and they cannot pull up your account right away due to the computer freezing.
If you are in doubt and receive a call of this nature, simply hang up and call your bank (or credit card provider) directly.