Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Phish / Fraud / Email: Account Alert Notification - Bank Of America

Got a bunch of these today, about 2-dozen. They are so badly done I assume
no one will fall for it, unless they can't read the screen and click links
all willy-nilly (is that how you spell willy-nilly?)

Just in case, this of course is a very obvious scam. The link tells the
story (removed) and the attachment (removed) is dangerous.

Don't follow links that you are not sure is real and validated, always just
go to the actual website on your own to check if there are any issues. Do
not open attachments that you are not expecting, even if from friends w/o
confirming they intended to send the attachment.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bank of America []
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 2:10 PM
Subject: Account Alert Notification

Dear Online Banking customer,

Confirm Your Account Information - verification file attached

IMPORTANT: Your online account information must be confirmed and verified to
ensure uninterrupted service.

To enhance the level of service you receive with Bank Of America Online
Services, we regularly review the online banking accounts. We have issued
this warning message to inform you that we have detected a slight error in
your account information. This might be due to either of the following

* A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address).
* Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
* An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due
to an internal error within our processors.

As a result, we require you to confirm and verify your account information
by downloading the attached verification file and completing the
confirmation process.

However, failure to confirm and verify your account information will result
in temporarily account suspension. Please understand that this is a security
measure intended to help protect you and your account.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you for banking at Bank Of America

Please don't reply directly to this automatically-generated e-mail message.

Bank Of America Online Banking

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