Saturday, May 22, 2010

Douglas Castle Presents: Fraud of the Week - 05.22.2010

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 Douglas Castle Presents: Fraud Of The Week - 05.22.2010

Dear Friends:

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!

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle
p.s. "Caveat Surfer!"
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FRAUDULENT EMAIL FOLLOWS:



Dear Chase Online Customer:
    Due to several Failed attemps to Access to your Chase® Online Account , we Temporary deactivated your Account for your protection. You have to Reactivate Your Chase® Online Account within the next 24 Hours in Order to Continue using it . 
. Sincerely,
Chase Online® Customer Service
Code #CH905242

Please  Click here to Reactive your account 




       JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Member FDIC
            © 2010 JPMorgan Chase & Co.             
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