Re: Misc: New phishing scam trick

Subject: Re: Misc: New phishing scam trick
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 10:23:17 -0700

Geoff Hart wrote:

The moral: If you ever get this kind of notification, be it from Paypal or your bank or your credit card company or whatever, go to that location yourself: manually type the URL in your browser. Don't ever click on the link in an e-mail, since (as this example shows), the phishers can be exceptionally clever at tricking us. If you can't figure out whether there's really a problem, or how to solve it, you may even have to resort to calling their 800 number--or send them an e-mail. If there really is a problem, they'll help you fix it. If there isn't they'll tell you that too.

Actually, the safest thing to do is not to pay attention
at all, no matter how legitimate the mail looks, unless the
email has your specific customer name as the addressee (e.g.,
"Dear Geoff Hart" or "Attention: Janice Gelb"). Online
contacts that are legitimate always put the customer name
in the message; phishers obviously can't.

If you're really concerned, log in to your account normally
from another window unrelated to the spam at all. Or, just
ignore it. If something's really wrong, they'll contact
you again.

-- Janice


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