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Heads up folks!    Posted 11-02-2004 at 08:25:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Subject: Fraudulent emails and Phishing Scams
Importance: High


Many of you may have heard of Phishing Emails; emails that appear to be
from companies (specifically financial institutions) that you do
business with. The emails arrive and threaten to close or suspend your
personal accounts if you do not "validate" your personal information by
clicking on a link provided within the text of the email. Many times
the emails have clues they are fraudulent including misspelled words and
poor grammar. These emails are fraudsters attempts to obtain your
personal information.


Several of you have brought such emails to my attention that appear to
have come from Bank of America. I have also seen similar emails that
appear to come from other financial intuitions as well as online sites
such as Ebay and Paypal where some of you may have personal accounts
with personal information.

If you believe you have received a fraudulent email do not click on the
link provided and do not enter your personal information no matter how
"real" the webpage or email may look. You can also forward the email to
a known address of the company it appears to be from to validate its
authenticity. For additional information regarding what to look for and
known phishing scams log onto
http://www.fraudwatchinternational.com/internetfraud/phishing.htm If
you have provided personal information to a similar site, I would
suggest calling your local authorities and contact your financial
institution as it pertains to the information you may have submitted.


Bank of America will never randomly ask you to validate personal or
account info via email or internet link . If you receive an email
requesting personal information that appears to be from Bank of America,
please forward the email to Abuse@bankofamerica.com. To reach
Government Card Security Fraud, please dial 800-472-1424.


Please share this information with your cardholders as you deem
appropriate.

Regards,

Ilonka


Ilonka Weida-States
Assistant Vice President
Bank of America, Government Card Services
Federal Government Account Management
730 15th Street NW, DC1-701-01-07
Washington, DC 20005
202-624-1033
202-624-5556 Fax


Clipper: Yep...its fer real!


Peanut    Posted 11-02-2004 at 08:42:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
This goes way beyond Bank of America, Ebay, and PayPal. I have seen the same from SunTrust Bank and Citigroup/Citibank.

Do yourself a favor and NEVER, I repeat NEVER, open an email that is asking you to verify credit card numbers or bank accounts. This is definitely a Phishing Email.

If you have provided your bank account or credit card info to a legitimate online service, and the company has an issue with the account info, they will ask you about it next time you log into the SECURE version of their website. They will never send you an email asking for updated info.

If you fall victim to the Phishing scams, it will cost you a fortune. Please NEVER NEVER NEVER open these emails or click on the links they provide.


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