September 27, 2007
Yahoo Search Services
This is a very dangerous sort of email, known as phishing.
What they want you to do is click through the link in hte email and then log in to your account at Yahoo search services. But, you won't be logging into Yahoo at all, you'll be logging into their server. And you'll be giving them your log in details. So they will then be able to enteryour account and steal your money and information.
You should never click through the links in such emails.
This is your official notification from Yahoo! Inc. that the service(s) listed below will be deactivated and deleted if not renewed immediately.
As the Primary Contact, you must renew the service(s) listed below or it will be deactivated and deleted.
SERVICE: Yahoo Sponsored Search
EXPIRATION: September, 24 2007
Thank you for using Yahoo Inc service.
We appreciate your business and the opportunity to serve you.
Yahoo Inc. Sponsored Search Service
*Note : Please remember to input your Sponsored Search username and password correctly NOT your email and password.
September 25, 2007
There's a particularly nasty attempt to get into your gmail account going around at the moment. The full email is below the fold.
What they're trying to do is to get you to reveal your log in to your email account, Once they've got that they can then use it ti send out further streams of email: and also chack through your archives for any passwords you might have sent using it.
The answer to these sorts of attempts is simply to ignore them.
Dear Account User,
This message is from gmail message center to all gmail free account owners and premium account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused gmail account to create more space for new accounts.
To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it's a present used account.
Gmail ! ID:.........................
Your Country or Territory:...........
Enter the letter from the Security Image :.........
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
Now, there is indeed a legitimate company called moneybookers: that's exactly what this scam is based upon.
They ask youtoconfirm your log in details by clicking through the link in hteemail. That means that the criminals behind this scam now have your log in details. They can thn use these totake all of the money our of your account.
This is known as phishing and the way to make sure i doesn't happen to you is to make sure that you never click through such links in an email. If you want to check the details of your accoutn you should always go directly to the main entry page and start from tere.
Amount: USD 523.82
We are writing you this email in regards to your account with
In accordance with our terms and conditions, article 3.2., we would like to kindly ask you to confirm your identity
by doing the following:
1. Click the link below and update your account informations by filling the forms.
|Moneybookers Security Reminders|
September 21, 2007
MASTERCARD SECURE CODE
This is not a real email from Mastercard! Do not click on the link and do not respond to it!
This is known as phishing and what the criminals want is for you to tell them the details of your Mastercard account. Then, when they've got those, they can steal all of your money.
Never, ever, respond to emails of this kind.
August 24, 2007
Virginia Credit Union
This is a version of a phishing email. You're asked to log into a fake account, then provide your account details. The come on is that you'll win a prize by completing the survey. What happens, instead, is that they then have your log in details for your account and can then start to steal all your money.
Ignore it, it's a scam, a fake, a fraud.
Never click through links to your account in an email: always open a new browser window and start from there.
You have been chosen by Virginia Credit Union online department to take part in our quick and easy 9 question survey. Helping us better understand how our customers feel benefits everyone. We kindly ask you to spare two minutes of your time in taking part with this unique offer! To continue click on the link below:
In return we will credit $100 to your account - Just for your time!
With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand our online service.
The information you provide us is all non-sensitive and anonymous - No part of it is handed down to any third party groups.
It will be stored in our secure database for maximum of 3 days while we process the results of this nationwide survey.
You have been chosen by Virginia Credit Union online department to take part in our quick and easy 9 question survey.
Helping us better understand how our customers feel benefits everyone.
We kindly ask you to spare two minutes of your time in taking part with this unique offer!
To continue click on the link below:
November 11, 2006
This is a very strange phishing attempt. It looks like they are trying to get your social security information.
Now, as far as I know, you don't have an online account which you need to update in order to get your Social Security payments. So I think what they're doing is trying to get enough information so that they can clone your ID.
But this is definitely a phishing attempt. The solution is simple. Never, ever, click through teh links in emails that ask you to register with a site. Always close the email, go to the browser window and then go directly to what you know is the correct site.
Social Security Announces 3.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2007
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 53 million Americans will increase 3.3 percent in 2007, the Social Security Administration announced today.
Social Security and
Supplemental Security Income benefits increase automatically each year
based on the rise in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
(CPI-W), from the third quarter of the prior year to the corresponding
period of the current year. This year's increase in the CPI-W was 3.3
The 3.3 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 49 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2007. Increased payments to more than 7 million Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will begin on December 29.
Some other changes that take effect in January of
each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that
increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security
tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $97,500 from $94,200. Of the
estimated 163 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in
2007, about 11 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the
increase in the taxable maximum in 2007.
NOTE: We now need you to update your personal information. If this is not completed by November 11, 2006, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely
To confirm your records click here:
# # #
October 26, 2006
Here's a phishing attempt.
These sorts of emails are designed to get you to log into your account. But, instead of logging into your real ccount, as you think you are doing, you're logging into a fake site.
The criminals then get your log in details and can thus empty your account.
These come in many shapes and forms, from banks, credit card companies, even Yahoo and E Bay.
Of course, the emails are never really from those companies, but from the criminals.
They way to deal with them is to never, never, click through or log into your account from an email. Always open a new browser window and log into the page you know is the real one.
One other way to tell that it is a fraud, a phishing attempt, is that your real bank will address you by your name. The fake ones just say 'Dear Sir'.
Dear Customers, We require you to update
your account information. Failure to update your account information
could result in your account being placed into a restricted status.
Restricted accounts continue to receive payments, but are limited in
their ability to send or withdraw funds. Please update your Account
information as soon as possible.
WACHOVIA is constantly working towards the security of all of it's online banking users. To ensure the integrity of our online banking system, we periodically and randomly review accounts.
We require you to update your account information. Failure to update your account information could result in your account being placed into a restricted status. Restricted accounts continue to receive payments, but are limited in their ability to send or withdraw funds. Please update your Account information as soon as possible.To prevent this restriction, we require that you login into your account and complete our verification process. Various information such as your account information will be used to verify your identity. All the information is securely encrypted ensuring that your information remains safe. To start account verification please follow the link below and fill in the all necessary information requested.
Once you have updated your account records, your Wachovia account service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.
To update your records click on the following link:
We offer you a new convenient and safe high-quality level of service to handle you ATM card.
Wachovia Bank, N.A. and its affiliates.
August 30, 2006
This is a phishing attempt. They want you to provide your log in and password. Then they can get into your account and steal all ofyour money.
The one interesting thing about this is that they are pretending it is a survey, even offering to pay money into your account if you take the survey.
Of course, as part of the survey they ask you to enter your account details.
You should never click through links in emails to your accounts. Always close the email first, then open a new browser window and go direct to what you know is the correct site.
Dear Downey Savings Customer,
to take part in our quick and easy 5 question survey.
In return we will credit $200 to your account - Just for your time!
Helping us better understand how our customers feel benefits everyone.
With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand
our online service.
We kindly ask you to spare two minutes of your time
in taking part with this unique offer!
SERVICE: DowneySavings. $200 Reward Survey
EXPIRATION: August - 30 - 2006
Confirm Now your $200 Reward Survey with TDECU. Reward services.
No part of it is handed down to any third party groups.
It will be stored in our secure database for maximum of 3 days while we process the results
of this nationwide survey.
Copyright 2005 - 2009, Downey Savings and Loans
August 29, 2006
Thisis a phishing attempt: that is, they want to get your login and password details for your account.
Once they have those then they will steal all your money.
Do not, ever click through the links in such emails. Close the email, then open a new browser window, and go direct to the website of your provider.
Dear Barclaycard Customer,
For the User Agreement, Section 9, we may immediately issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate your membership and refuse to provide our services to you if we believe that your actions may cause financial loss or legal liability for you, our users or us.
Our terms and conditions you agreed to state that your service must always be under your control or those you designate all times. We have noticed some unusual activity related to your service that indicates that other parties may have access and or control of your information's in your service.
We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your Barclaycard Account, service from a foreign IP address. If you recently accessed your service while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you. However, if you did not initiate the logins, please visit Barclaycard homepage as soon as possible to restore your account status.
The log in attempt was made from:
ISP host : user-0cdf2ni.cable.mindspring.com
To restore your account status click the link below:
August 02, 2006
Flagstar Trust And Safety Department
This is a phishing attmept.
They want to get your password and log in so that they can access your account and steal all your money.
Never, ever, click through links in emails to open your accounts. Always go to a new browser window and enter directly.
Password change required!
Dear [email protected],
We recently have determined that different computers have logged onto your Flagstar user profile account, and multiple password failures were present before the logons. We strongly advice CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.
If this is not completed in 48 hours, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely, as it may have been used for fraudulent purposes. Thank you for your cooperation.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you for using Flagstar!