I just received an email from Juniper Bank, supposedly a bank, saying that I applied for a Juniper Credit Card. They used my real first name which I rarely use so they must have some info about me and managed to associate it with my email address.
Alarmed, I sent off an email to Juniper Bank. Then I noticed a phone number (1-888-232-0780) in the email. Before calling, I checked to make sure it's not some paid service call and found that 888 is a toll free area code. So far so good. I made the call. Guess what the first thing they ask for: social security number. Time to press the eject button.
I suspect that this was an attempt to steal social security numbers. They could have used any bank. Just send out an alarming email and include a phone number prominently. When people call the number, the scam is on.