Phishing for savvy users

Tuesday, 2 November 2004, 7:17 AM EST

I don't know about you, but I get at least one email every few days that is supposedly from CitiBank (currently used in 54% of phishing messages), or PayPal, or eBay, or Amazon, or SunTrust Bank (who the heck are they?), or or or or or ... the list goes on and on. The emails always mention that my account needs to be updated, or my credit card has been charged for some enormous purchase that I never made and I need to correct this, or that I need to verify some information the web site has on me. Whatever. The goal is always to get me to believe that a company I use for financial transactions -- and who therefore is trusted by me -- needs information, so that I submit personal data that can be used by criminals to further their own ends.

By Scott Granneman at SecurityFocus.

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