Douglas Castle Presents: Fraud Of The Week - 05.22.2010
It's not another Nigerian Plane Crash scandal, Burkina Faso unclaimed bank account opportunity, phony Yahoo! account suspension notice, Camelot Lottery winning, or even a plea from a religious woman on her deathbed...it is a poorly-done, grammatically abominable, cut and paste warning sent to me about my Chase Account Online privileges!
Putting aside the fact that I do not even have a Chase Account, someone obviously wants me to log into a phony website and to provide them with my account details so that they can steal my identity.
This type of fraud is so widespread that I receive at least three of these identity theft "lures" daily in my spam box. Do you?
Please don't ever log in to links on these emails. Not even to test them out! Just delete them. If you are still concerned that the alert may be real, refresh your browser, independently log in to your bank's (or other service provider's) website directly from your computer, or call them by telephone and find out.
See the wonderful example below? It is part of the reason that so many people have become suspicious of all email, and of the Internet, in general. Don't help a thief get rich by falling into this type of trap. If the thief is big and successful enough ("Too big to fail"), some government will come in and bail them out at taxpayer expense anyway.
Be adventurous, but be vigilant!
p.s. "Caveat Surfer!"
FRAUDULENT EMAIL FOLLOWS:
About Douglas Castle
Douglas Castle - LinkedIn Profile
The National Networker Companies
Braintenance - Stay razor sharp.
The Internationalist Page - A world without barriers.
The Global Futurist - Revealing trends.
Taking Command! - Mastering your fate.
LINKS 4 LIFE - Crisis resources.
Follow Castle on Twitter
Follow TNNWC on Twitter
Join Us: Become a Member of the TNNWC Global Interworked Cooperative Business Community (GICBC) at no cost. Click on http://bit.ly/TNNWC
Labels, Tags, Key Words and Terms: identity theft, internet fraud, consumer vigilance, phishing, TNNWC, Articles by Douglas Castle,