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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Fraud Tip of the Day

So many of us have received an email that looks like its from PayPal, CitiBank, eBay, AOL or some other bank saying that we need to log in and verify our account info. Well, these aren't actually from the company they say they are. They are trying to steal your account info from you. The practice is known as phishing. Well the FBI really doesn't like fraud one bit, so they've set up a page describing many common fraud schemes and what you can do to protect yourself.

5 Comments:

Blogger Kris said...

Yeah, it's actually really funny when they e-mail me at school to verify my account...a. I don't have a pay-pal account, and b. I'd never use my school e-mail for any purchases...better luck next time!

05 March, 2006 13:54

 
Blogger Blair said...

I've actually received the Nigerian letter scam. Also another variation of this is somone dying with no next of kin and naming you as a beneficiary.

Phishing is bad news too. Most of the time for sites like AOL they'll just copy the source code and send you to a fake webpage that looks like the exact log in form to collect passwords. If someone emails you asking for personal info just delete it.

05 March, 2006 23:43

 
Blogger Kris said...

This tip has interesting timing. I just got an e-mail, of course at school...an account none of the banks have, from Chase Bank, about my account, which I cancelled a year ago saying that someone else had gotten into my account. What account was that?

06 March, 2006 10:30

 
Blogger Blair said...

Chase is where I pay my credit card bills.

07 March, 2006 00:33

 
Blogger Andy said...

Oh, that reminds me, I recently received Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000) inherited from a distant aunt but I have need of depositing it in a bank account. Now, if one of you guys would give me your bank account number, credit card number, etc, I'd be willing to cut you in on 25% of it, or Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000). This is a completely legal and discrete transaction and I will be pleased to be contacted at your earliet convenience.

07 March, 2006 09:19

 

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