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Do you really know who’s calling?

Here’s how to avoid falling for vishing scams

The Postal Inspection Service is using this image in June to promote its identity fraud awareness efforts.

The Postal Inspection Service is warning USPS employees and the public of a new identity fraud scheme called vishing — short for voice phishing — where scammers try to hook you as soon as you answer the phone.

The scammers will call from a number that may look familiar or even appear to be from a legitimate source, such as your bank or a government agency.

The caller, however, is anything but legit. They may claim there’s an issue with your account or a problem that requires your immediate attention and ask for sensitive information, such as a Social Security or credit card number.

Here are some tips from the Inspection Service to avoid getting hooked:

Verify the caller: If they ask for personal information, hang up and call the company or organization directly using a number from their official website or your account statement.

Don’t be pressured: Scammers often try to create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly. Take your time; never provide information on the spot.

Request and report: Place your number on the National Do Not Call Registry and report suspicious calls to the Federal Trade Commission.

Keep personal information private: Never share sensitive data over the phone.

The Inspection Service is promoting identity fraud awareness throughout June. The agency’s website has more information.