Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig says the scam is known as “vishing”.
“Vishing is where the scammers are now using voice-over networks through the internet to send out thousands of text messages and or phone calls to consumers.”
Those phone calls or texts usually say there’s some type of problem with your bank or credit card account. And they look authentic.
“That’s what’s scary about these scams is that they’re able to sometimes disguise their number with the caller ID so that it actually looks like it’s your bank calling you or your credit card company and a lot of people are falling for these because of that.”
Reisig says these kinds of scams usually increase during the holidays when people are using their credit cards more. He says if you suspect the phone call or text you get from a bank is fake you should call your bank to verify that it’s not a scam.