WESLACO, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Phishing scams - we're not talking about the outdoor activity. It's the indoor one that can leave you with empty pockets, and it all starts by email.
A scammer will usually begin by explaining that they need some sort of confidential information for a specific purpose.
"They need financial information; they need information to verify your accounts, or your bank is writing you and telling you there's been a problem," said South Texas Better Business Bureau president Dolores Salinas. "And you need to verify you are who you say you are."
Most of the time, these scammers just want your personal or financial information, and they'll try to get it through whatever means necessary, whether that be your credit card or your social security card.
"The Better Business Bureau recommends you not give any financial information to anyone online, unless you know who they are, unless you know what they're gonna do with that information," said Salinas. "And certainly, not in response to an email."
If someone you know or a legitimate business asks you to verify some account information, you should be able to do contact them by phone to do so.
"If your bank and/or your credit card company wants information from you, the best thing you can do is pick up the phone, call a number that you have found in the phonebook for them rather than click on an email or use a phone number that's listed in an email, because you don't know whether that's a front from the scammer and they're just trying to get more information from you," said Salinas.
Reporting in Weslaco, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.