Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (Phishing Expeditions)
















 





          Phishing Expeditions

 
 














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‘Phishing’ is a term which refers to the on-line imitation of a company’s branding in spoofed e-mail messages and web sites, created with the intent of fooling unsuspecting users into divulging personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, PINs, etc. A typical “phish” e-mail will appear to come from a financial institution (such as a bank or credit card company), informing the recipient that some type of problem has affected his account and directing him to follow a provided hyperlink to clear up the problem. The hyperlink leads not to a legimate site, however, but to a server (usually in another country) on which an imitation web site has been set up. The fooled customer is then prompted to enter confidential personal information (collected by the scammers for perpetrating) identify theft and (usually) redirected to a legitimate web site to obscure the fact that he just gave away data to crooks.




Phishing Expeditions





Citibank

  Red bullet
Your Citibank ATM/Debit card PIN must be updated due to “a large number of identity theft attempts.”


eBay

  Red bullet
Auction site eBay is sending out suspension notices via e-mail and asking customers to verify their account information.

  Red bullet
Auction site eBay is sending out notices requesting that users update their account information.


FDIC

  Red bullet
The FDIC insurance on your bank account has been cancelled by the Department of Homeland Security for violations of the Patriot Act.


IRS

  Red bullet
The IRS is sending out unsolicited e-mails directing taxpayers to a web form to use to obtain tax refunds.


U.S. Bank

  Red bullet
Your account at U.S. Bank has been suspended.

  Red bullet
Your account at U.S. Bank needs to be reactivated due to a technical update.


SunTrust

  Red bullet
SunTrust Bank is asking customers to verify their account details due to “a large number of identity theft attempts.”


Wells Fargo

  Red bullet
Wells Fargo is sending out e-mails requesting personal information as part of their “regular update and verification of the Wells Fargo ATM Service.”


Social Security Administration

  Red bullet
The Social Security Administration is requiring benefits recipients to register for passwords and provide their banking information.



 

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