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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Bank of America Scam and National Health Anti-Fraud Scam
February 28, 2010
Bank of America Scam and National Health Anti-Fraud Scam
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Bank of America Scam and National Health Anti-Fraud ScamYou may receive an email claiming to be from technical services of the Bank of America stating that due to a planned software upgrade you need to confirm your banking details online by clicking on a link in the email.
This email is similar to many variations targeting online banking customers, and attempting to steal their personal and financial information.
If you click on the link in the email you will be taken to a fake website that looks identical to the genuine banking site of the bank named in the email. The details you enter on that fake website will be used by internet scammers to commit fraud and identity theft.
To get a higher number of people to click the link, the email states that it is 'obligatory' for all bank customers to reconfirm their details this way or the account will be suspended!
By stating the reason as a software upgrade, the scammers also ask you to update personal information once you have logged in. This provides them with you logon information so they can steal your funds, and also provides your personal information so they can commit identity theft.
So be wary of any email claiming to be from your bank [or any financial institution] that requires you to logon using a link in the email to provide any personal information.
You should always enter the bank's details directly in the address bar yourself instead of clicking a link. If you are unsure, ring the bank using a phone number out of the directory. Fake websites usually don't show the 'https' in the address indicating it is a secure site.
An email claiming to be from the National Health Anti-Fraud Association is circulating that claims a complaint has been made against you, and strongly recommends that you read the complaint that is in an attached document to the email.
The goal of the email is to get you to open the attachment, and in doing so, install malicious software on your computer.
This email is one of a variety of 'complaint' emails designed to panic you into opening the attachment containing the details, in the hope that you can resolve the complaint before it goes further.
Be wary of any 'complaint' email as most legitimate organizations will write a letter. If you are unsure, contact the orgnanization directly using information from a phone directory, not from an email. Do not follow any links in the email.
If you have received an e-mail referencing the above information or have been a victim of this or a similar incident, you should notify the IC3 via www.ic3.gov.
Remember - always watch for scams!
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