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Fake Caller ID Attacks On The Rise
What if your caller ID showed an incoming call from your bank, but it was really from criminals posing as your bank? That's what's happening en masse, with a major surge in voice-call phishing, or vishing, attacks in the second half of 2011.
A new report from enterprise anti-phone fraud firm Pindrop Security found a 52 percent increase in vishing attacks in the U.S. between July and December 2011. There were 124,258 phony calls reported by banks in July, and some 189,439 in December, according to the report.