Inside an email scam


Fleet bank and other financial services and most importantly their customers are under increasingly attack from scammers trying to get our financial information by revealing our banking information, online. The requests come via phony emails saying that the bank needs you to update your account information.
The movie, “Catch Me If You Can” was about the fraud of forged checks using old fashioned type writers and sharp knives in the 60’s (I think it was the 60’s). Now, the fraud is via email and web sites.
Customers who closely pay attention won’t get duped. But unfortunately many computer users and believe me, I know many, use their mouse TOO fast and indiscriminately click on anything that pops up in front of them.
Editor’s note: the email below is a fraudulent email do not click on any links
Yesterday I get the following email.
Dear Fleet Bank valued member,
Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of the online banking community we have issued this warning message.
It has come to our attention that your account information needs to be updated due to inactive members, frauds and spoof reports.
If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and renew your records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.
However, failure to update your records will result in account deletation.
This notification expires on May 24, 2004.
Once you have updated your account records your internet banking
service will not be
interrupted and will continue as normal.
Please follow the link below and renew your account information.
https://fleethomelink.fleet.com/cgi-bin/imcpprd.dll/Ctrl.jsp
Fleet Personal Financial Services

Editor’s note: NOW HERE’S WHERE THE DECEPTION TAKES PLACE. The link above, APPEARS to be a valid link on Fleet.com’s web site. Right? However, if you right click on the link and then select properties you’ll see that the link actually points to “e-fleetsupport.netfirms.com”, a web site set up by someone steal credit card information from anyone so gullible to “update their account information” via this email.
With some simple computer code a programmer lets you THINK the link is a valid link to Fleet.com’s web site, even if you hover your mouse over the link. However, when you click on the link below you’ll be taking to a pretty good looking web site, replicating Fleet.com’s look and feel, but it’s not the real web site of www.fleet.com
Lesson learned – any email you get from your financial institutional, work out club, music store, or ANYONE you do business with make sure the link you get is really from them. In fact, if it’s from your bank or some other institution go directly to their web site yourself then you’ll know you are at the right place.
It only takes a few seconds to get your money or your identify stolen – be careful.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook