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U.S. Bank

Published Jun 30, 2011

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (U.S. Bank)

Phish Bait:   U.S. Bank customers.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2004]

From: U.S. Bank
Subject: Your account at U.S. Bank has been suspended.

Dear U.S. Bank account holder,

We regret to inform you, that we had to block your U.S. Bank account because we have been notified that your account may have been compromised by outside parties.

Our terms and conditions you agreed to state that your account must always be under your control or those you designate at all times.
We have noticed some activity related to your account that indicates that other parties may have access and or control of your information in your account.

These parties have in the past been involved with money laundering, illegal drugs, terrorism and various Federal Title 18 violations.
In order that you may access your account we must verify your identity by clicking on the link below.

Please be aware that until we can verify your identity no further access to your account will be allowed and we will have no other liability for your
account or any transactions that may have occurred as a result of your failure to reactivate your account as instructed below.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


Before you reactivate your account, all payments have been frozen, and you will not be able to use your account in any way until we have verified your identity.

Origins:   This

one is a garden-variety phishing scheme directed at customers of U.S. Bank. The scammers apparently didn't even bother to try to dress up their message to make it look like a legitimate communication from U.S. Bank, as every copy we've received has been plain text. The embedded link in the message redirects users to a server (bos.er.kr) registered to the Daejeon Boseong Elementary School in Korea.

Last updated:   17 January 2004


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