REMINDER: Banks Won’t Send You Security E-Mail Messages!

This posting is intended to remind everyone that, as good as our e-mail filtering capabilities are (we discard up to 11 messages for each one that actually gets to your inbox), the spammers and phishers continue to refine their cleverness and sophistication which results in a few messages getting through the filters.


Some of you may have received messages this weekend similar to the following. It is a fraud, although it certainly sounds like it could be coming from a legitimate source. Truth be told, it appears to have been sent from IP address 210.86.28.93 which is registered to a telephone company in New Zealand.

phishing_fraud_msg_20071105.jpg

Our standard advice applies: DON’T GIVE THESE KINDS OF E-MAIL MESSAGES EVEN 5 SECONDS OF YOUR TIME!

JUST HIT DELETE!

Your bank or credit union WILL NEVER (or at least SHOULD NEVER) send you a e-mail advising you about a security breach to your account.

Not a week goes by without some new variant of enticement, trickery and thievery being developed by the Internet criminals. Don’t fall for these, no matter how attractive they seem or how much curiosity they raise for you. The IRS or any other government agency will NEVER send you and e-mail asking for your social security number, bank account number or credit card number. If you receive ANY such e-mail our standard advice applies!

Remember — JHD — JUST HIT DELETE!

PS: If you ever find yourself having made the mistake of providing your bank account info to a website or phone number, call your financial institution IMMEDIATELY and let them know the details of what you did so they can assist you in immediately dealing with the situation.