My famiily was attacked by a credit card phishing attempt this morning.
I got a call from (800) 300-8003 by someone who (a) knew the cardholder's name, (b) knew my personal cellphone number, (c) knew the expiration date on the card, (d) knew 3 of the 4 digits ending the account number.
I am letting forum members know because the only use of that card/phone combination in the last month or two was to buy BBQ and photo equipment online.
The ruse was that my "major credit card company" wanted to thank me for my prompt payment record in these troubled economic times by sending me a gas card worth $300.
I reported the attempt to my credit card company, who told me that there has been a lot of this particular phishing attempt going around since Christmas. We reviewed recent purchases and there was no harm done (yet).
So, be aware...free gas card ain't free if you accept it. Or, as my college econ professor was fond of saying, TANSTAAFL (They're Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch).
According to www.800notes.com, this phone has been linked to repeated autodialing hangups and to efforts to get people to purchase coverage on credit cards.