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Web Stalkers
Chapter 8 -
Identity Theft

Phishing for Identity

The “from” address in these email messages will often make the message appear to be from the company in question.  They usually have a link that the recipient is instructed to click on.  The link will appear to be part of the same company.  Figure 8.2 shows a typical email message used in this type of scam.

Figure 8.2 - A sample Phish-mail

The first item to note is that this is a pretty good email message.  Several of the usual cues that the message is a fake are not present.  There is neither the horrible grammar nor the poor spelling that is common with this type of swindle.  Additionally, the message plays on fear by stating that this message is to prevent the user from having future problems.  Rather ironic, isn’t it? 

Finally, the air of legitimacy is supported by the link that not only appears to be part of the US Bank website, but if one were to manually type it in to their web browser, it would take them to the genuine US Bank Account Access web page.  Unfortunately, the link in the e-mail does not take the user to a website belonging to any part of the US Bank.  In fact, it directs the user to a scammer’s home page that is cunningly made to resemble the genuine article.

If that link in the email is clicked, the user will be prompted to enter more information like their address, account number, Personal Identification Number (PIN), mother’s maiden name and other privileged information.  This falsely obtained data could be used to steal that individual’s identity by taking over accounts or obtaining new ones in that individual’s name.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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