Wells fargo customers hit with e-mail scam

Thursday, 24 July 2003, 1:29 AM EST

Some customers of Wells Fargo bank Monday found themselves the target of an e-mail fraud attempt.

One customer contacted the bank after receiving a suspicious-looking e-mail from "Wells Fargo Accounting" regarding a new account application. Wells Fargo responded Tuesday, saying the e-mail was a hoax.

It contained an attachment that, if opened, would download software onto the customer's computer, gather passwords, and send them to an unauthorized third party, presumably to the originator of the e-mail, the bank said.

Wells Fargo urged recipients to delete both the e-mail and the attachment and, if they had reason to believe they had been infected, to use antivirus software and change all their Internet and system passwords.

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