View Full Version : Heads up scam email

01-21-2011, 06:55 PM
I thought I would mention that I got a new scam email today. This one claimed to be from CIBC Bank. Of course I just deleted it and did not click the link. I don't even have an account with this bank.

It's the first time I spotted this one. So, I thought I'd give a heads up.

01-21-2011, 07:43 PM
From a bank?

What are they trying to scam from us? Hate mail?

01-21-2011, 08:02 PM
I said, 'claimed to be from CIBC.'

Jersey Chick
01-21-2011, 08:17 PM
I've gotten bogus Bank of America emails. It comes in the form of an alert and is usually something along the lines of "We need to verify your account because someone has attempted to change your info" yadda yadda yadda.

Fortunately, BOA's website has a section where you can verify whether or not they actually sent you any alerts. So far, not one of the "we need to verify your info" emails has been legitimate.

01-21-2011, 08:19 PM
I don't even have a CIBC account. The bank that I deal with has never sent me an email. I access any messages for me regarding my account through their online site.

01-21-2011, 08:22 PM
Whether from banks, Paypal, or whatnot, I forward those types of emails to security at the place being targeted. It gives them a head's up in case they do not know about it yet and I usually get one of their form letters back thanking me for notifying them and not to click on any link within the email, yada yada yada.

01-21-2011, 08:27 PM
No bank would ever ask you to confirm account information through a link in an email.

Cliff Face
01-22-2011, 02:52 AM
Speaking of spam, if anyone here happens to have a deviantArt account, you've probably received some spam recently. Their site was hacked (or the program they use or something).

I only got 3 spams from the hackers so far, but it could've been a lot worse.

01-22-2011, 03:02 AM
No bank would ever ask you to confirm account information through a link in an email.
That was what I was going to say.

Don't even open any attachments.

01-22-2011, 03:22 AM
My favorite phishing email is one that purports to be from the FBI--complete with a graphic of the FBI seal.

01-22-2011, 03:37 AM
What tipped me off was how they signed it. 'Security Team.' :ROFL:

Kidding. I knew it was a scam. Like I said, no bank sends an email out like that.

01-22-2011, 03:42 AM
Speaking of spam and phishing e-mails . . .

There was an article in USA Today last week about one of the major spamming operations in Russia shutting down. That's good, but there was some worry that they might just be regrouping to use their "talents" in some new and unexpected way.

01-22-2011, 05:28 AM
Whether from banks, Paypal, or whatnot, I forward those types of emails to security at the place being targeted. It gives them a head's up in case they do not know about it yet and I usually get one of their form letters back thanking me for notifying them and not to click on any link within the email, yada yada yada.

Yep, me too. Get messages from Banks I've never had an account with and they go straight to the fraud department's inbox. I found examples of most of the scams online too (recurring scams listed on the various banks' websites).

Jersey Chick
01-22-2011, 05:40 AM
The scam BOA one looked as official as the real BOA email, it was the content that gave me pause. BOA will email me to let me know if someone has accessed my account (which is funny, because I'm the only one in my house who does anything with the acct online. So they basically tell me that I looked up my account. :D), or when I've made changes to my basic info. They've never sent me anything asking for info, just FYIs.

01-22-2011, 05:43 AM
Things to watch for:

Links that don't really go where they seem to go; it says amazon.com

but it really goes to www.amazon.com/kulshan.com.frisly.php

Basic English grammar and spelling errors

Addressing you with excessive formality or excessive friendliness

Asking you to click anything or go anywhere or provide any information.

They don't need your password or ID or account number; they don't want it.

06-28-2011, 05:54 PM
I tend to get a lot of these in my spam boxes. Here are few that make me smirk:

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The Political advisers always inflated the amounts before transfer to foreign accounts so I also used the opportunity to divert part of the funds hence I am aware that there is no official trace of how much was transferred as all the accounts used for such transfers were being closed after transfer.

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06-29-2011, 11:02 AM
I got a couple of e-mails last month from friends giving me a link to a site that they say helped them out with financial issues (of course I never clicked on those links). When I asked my friends about it they had no idea what I was talking about and told me that they certainly had no financial issues and never went on some site for help.

I also got a couple of e-mails from sites that I have never heard of telling me that I need to give them my name, phone number and address as my account had been hacked and they need to make sure that all my information is safe.

I would think that hackers would be smart enough by now to make a more authentic looking e-mail when they're trying to be somebody else or pose as a company.