FBI warns of financial phishing scheme

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FBI warns of financial phishing scheme
« on: November 22, 2010, 06:51:10 AM »
I received the following information from work today:

"The FBI New York Office would like to warn the public about an e-mail phishing scheme. An e-mail is sent to select members of a financial institution, asking them to fill out "a new version of a Confirmation Form" by clicking on an embedded link in the received e-mail. This link will redirect the victim to a webpage that is very similar to an authentic webpage, but in actuality is not associated with the financial institution. The counterfeit page asks victims to enter their online ID, password, name, e-mail, membership card number, expiration date, security code, and PIN. Once entered, the information is captured and the victim account is compromised.

The FBI's New York Office asks the public to pay specific attention to any e-mails or correspondence that ask for personal and banking information. Most financial institutions will not ask customers for account information via e-mail. Do not open attachments or click on any embedded links in e-mails sent from accounts that are not familiar to you. Links and attachments found in these e-mails are often malicious. If you receive an e-mail from your financial institution requesting specific account information, do not respond. Pick up the phone and contact a customer service representative, using a verified number (i.e., from an account statement; back of your membership or credit card) to ensure that the e-mail request is legitimate.

This type of criminal activity is unfortunately very common and targets a wide variety of financial institutions. This warning should serve as a reminder for everyone to review their online practices. It is extremely important to practice due diligence in any situation that requires access to personal information. Safeguard your information and protect yourself from falling victim to those who wish to exploit your financial security," said Special Agent in Charge Mary Galligan".


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Re: FBI warns of financial phishing scheme
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 11:00:26 AM »
What blows me over is that folks actually fall for these ploys...Out of the clear blue, here comes an unsolicited email asking folks for their wallet, and they simply hand it over, no questions asked lol. Just unbelievable!

Is it any wonder that the scum of the earth continue to perpetrate these frauds?
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Re: FBI warns of financial phishing scheme
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 11:23:34 AM »
 "asking folks for their wallet"   Ah, there's the rub...
people would eagerly protect their WALLET...
but here, all their asking to give up is their "information"  :D1

Speaking of people falling for ploys, the latest (Facebook) Justin Bieber is just so wacky, what people will fall for (and want to "see")  :p