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May 30, 2011

  • News:  FBI? How Dumb Do They Think? 

    How really dumb do some identity and credit card thieves believe we are?  If you haven't received the email phishing scam threatening to throw you in jail, you may soon get a big laugh when you do.  The email poses as coming from the Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and uses the scare tactic of saying that if you don't respond to their request, you'll be arrested.  It's possible of course that there may be some individuals that could be fooled by this obvious attempt at stealing their identity and credit card information, but be wise and don't fall into the trap.  The email actually references another email phishing scam which attempts to manipulate individuals into turning over their bank and credit card information in order to receive a bogus payout.

     

    Identity and credit card thieves prey on the vulnerability of individuals into leading them to believe that because they were the recipient of the previous email that asks for banking information so that the thief can deposit illegal funds, that they are guilty of trying to fraudulently move funds out of Nigeria.  The email demands that you send five documents to verify who you are or be prepared for immediate arrest.  Of course, the five documents are merely a way to get their hands on your personal information so that they can establish credit and open credit card and other accounts to be used to steal thousands of dollars from your bank.  The thieves also refer to a number of high profile banks in the email including the Bank of America, as a means of giving credit to their scam. 

     

    If you receive this phishing email, as with all other unsolicited emails asking you to provide any personal or credit card information, you should immediately delete them.  Do not click on any links located within the email and do not respond to them.  If you have any question as to the authenticity of any email, you should always remember that banks and card companies never ask for any personal information in an email or during an unsolicited telephone call.  When in doubt, call your financial institution using the phone number you have in your personal records.
     

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