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They are still at it.
The Phishermen that is.
Sometimes the email LOOKS legitimate. They use the actual logo from the company or bank, they word it stiffly and go through some of the dire consequences if you don't respond, and enclose a link that takes you to a site that seems to be official.
They are ALL scams.
Identity Theft on the Hoof. Rip Offs are Us. White Collar Crime to Go. You get the idea.
The SPAMMER is trying to get you to respond to a SCAM email with your personal banking information so they can drain your account and get a low interest business loan in your name, and then open up seventeen credit card accounts all billed to YOU. Or even go on a massive shopping spree for designer automobile rims and fur coats and Hank Aaron rookie cards on an online shopping service at your expense.
Consider the following:
Legitimate eBay emailsFor more information from eBay please see the following page on their site:
eBay will never ask you to provide account numbers, passwords or other sensitive information through email. If eBay does request information from you, a copy of that email will be in the My Messages box in My eBay. If you have any doubt that an email really is from eBay, open a new browser window, type www.ebay.com, and sign in. Any email that looks as if it is from eBay, mentions a problem with your account or requests personal information, and is not in My Messages in My eBay, is a spoof (fake) email.
TO: Another Media Desk Mailbox
FROM: LaSalle Bank Technical Services
OF COURSE this is not from the Bank either. But the following IS:
Please be aware that fraudulent emails are being circulated to LaSalle Bank customers and non-customers that appear to be from LaSalle Bank but which are, in fact, sent by imposters. LaSalle Bank is not sending these fraudulent emails. If you received an email or pop-up requesting you to login to online banking OR provide your LaSalle Bank ATM/Debit Card and Pin Number, do not respond.
Now about PHISHING itself.
A good warning comes from Hancock Bank in Mississippi and Louisiana and Florida. And while the infomation may be specific for that bank, it can be generalized to every bank on the Planet! READ IT it might just save your credit rating:
Look for a Hancock Bank Greeting: E-mails from Hancock Bank will address you by name or the business name associated with your Hancock account. We will not send an e-mail with the greeting "Dear Customer" or "Dear HandyNet User".
Don't share personal information via e-mail: We will never ask you to enter your password or financial information in an email or send such information in an e-mail. You should only share information about your account once you have signed on to https://secure.hancockbank.com/ .
Don't download attachments: Hancock Bank will never send you an unsolicited e-mail with an attachment or software update to install on your computer. E-mails with attachments will only be sent at your request and will either be password protected or sent via secure e-mail, if applicable.
Use Your Account Wisely
Don't share your account: Don't use your accounts to collect or transfer money for someone else. These types of activity are often conducted as forms of money laundering or mail fraud and may result in significant criminal penalties. If someone contacts you and asks you to transfer money on their behalf, you should deny the request and contact us immediately.
Increase your security: Periodically change your HandyNet online user ID or password and be sure to establish a HandyCall access code on each account for telephone banking. In addition, ask to establish a security code/ID with Hancock Bank to prevent anyone from obtaining personal information on your accounts either in person or through unauthorized telephone inquiries.
Read more at: www.hancockbank.com/personal/per_identity/per_identity_phish_security.asp Hancock Bank Online.
Other Businesses have similar warnings about fraud and account security including several that are common subjects of phishing emails.
The FDIC statement on the crime. http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnwin0304/phishing.html
State Farm Insurance www.statefarm.com
Fifth Third Bank www.53.com
Sun Trust Bank www.suntrust.com
www.fraud.org The Clearinghouse for All Things Fraudulent.
The www.fraudwatchernetwork.com with massive page of links to other resources as well as articles about many types of fraud.
LAW ENFORCEMENT LINKS
Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) The FBI's response team. http://www.ifccfbi.gov/index.asp
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Fraud Info One of the best Police Sites going. http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams/phishing_e.htm
New Resource! Nov 06 the PHISHTANK www.phishtank.com tracks Phishing attempts and the sites that support them.
Many State and Metropolitan Police Forces also have Fraud and Scam Divisions, check with your local agencies for more information.
More on Phishing.
For more information and other resource links visit The Media Desk's Urban Legend and SCAM SPAM Page http://themediadesk.com/files/urban.htm
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