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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Scam of the Week: "Transcation failed"

Scam_of_the_week_logo_black_and_white_2The Scam: Phony "Bank of America" emails

The Targets: Email users, not just BoA
The Hook: This is a classic "phishing" scam in which scammers try to steal your personal information by sending you warnings purporting to be from a major bank. These emails, like this one, can look quite sophisticated. But I got two at the same time this week, with the subject: "Transcation failed" (yes, with the typo)
How to avoid being victimized: Trust your instincts; be very suspicious of email requests for personal information. Read Microsoft's detailed, very consumer-friendly brief on phishing.


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