Maybe there are too many of them, and its difficult to track and catch the scammers since they are all over the place.

“The latest twist involves an e-mail, supposedly from a teachers’
credit union, warning me that the Internet is full of phishing scams,
as they’re called, and assuring me that they will never ask for
personal information in an e-mail. Then it says that because of
security breaches, my bank card has been suspended, and I have to call
a certain number to reactivate it.

The number to call was in the 641 area code. That’s in southeast Iowa, an area dotted with mostly small towns.

I called. The phone was answered not by a person, but by a computer
that asked me to enter my credit card number, the code numbers on the
back, the expiration date and my PIN number.

So I gave them the
numbers. No, I didn’t give them real numbers. I repeatedly pressed in
the No. 1 and was then told my bank card expired in 1944. The computer
thanked me and announced that my card was now activated.”

If he uses real card numbers, it will be recorded and used by the scammers.

“My suspicions have brought me to the point where I trust practically no
one online, so the chances are pretty slim that I’ll ever become a

I am one of the same.