Being "phished" is not much fun. It almost happened to Dominick Trascritti.
"It was a robot voice. It could've been legit, but I had my suspicions," he said.
He got a call this week, supposedly from Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union. It said his credit card was blocked, and it asked for his number.
"As soon as it asked for my credit card number, I knew it was fake," he said.
It's just the latest phishing scam crooks are using to try and take your hard-earned money from you. Most folks can spot a scam a mile away, but inevitably some fall for it.
"If only a few people fall for it, it makes it worth their while," Trascritti said.
"No financial institution should ask to you to provide any of that personal or confidential information like that," said Linda Fales, VP of Risk Management with Suncoast.
So what if you do fall for it? Experts say get on the phone with your bank ASAP.
"After you call the bank and let them know you've fallen for it, the first thing you need to do is check your credit report to see how they're spending your money," FOX 13 Consumer Reporter Chris Chmura said. "The great irony is, it can happen in flash and can take years to fix."
Which means your dreams of spending your days actually fishing on the open water could be sunk, all because fake "phisherman" got their hooks in you.
"I think it's kind of sad they've found ways to scam money out of people," Trascritti said. "Just hang up."
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