Crooks 'phishing' to steal your cash
CREATED Dec. 28, 2011
NAPLES - It's the holidays and that means more crooks are trying to separate you from your cash.
"What we're seeing is more and more solicitation under phishing scams," said Sgt. Dan McDonald, a fraud investigator with the Collier County Sheriff's Department.
Phising is when thieves send you an email or automated phone call to get you to turn over your personal account information.
"One of the things that they prey on is making it time sensitive. They'll tell you your credit cards are going to be locked out or they're going to be deactivated."
Investigators say they're looking into cases where crooks are using cell phone to get people to give up their personal information.
"One of the things we're seeing right now is people receiving information over their cells phones are emails and what those are advising them that their credit card or their debit card has been compromised."
But investigators say don't get sucked in.. banks will not send you a text message or email asking that you enter your account information.