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Phishing Emails from "Banks"

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Over the past several months I have gotten emails supposedly from various large Philippine banks asking me to update my online information or credentials.   I knew they were bogus because I did not have accounts in those banks so I just delete them.  Yesterday I received one that does indeed reflect the bank where we have an account.  The graphics and language were actually pretty decent.  I was curious as to where it came from so I checked the raw message text and then did a lookup on the IP address for the original sender.  The server is located Mumbai, India.  I know that the vast majority of forum users are aware of these phishing scams, but perhaps our spouses may not be?  I have talked with my wife about this before, but will take time to do so again.   You may wish to do the same. 

 

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Related to this.  I get bogus texts all the time from different banks, alerting me to either deposits into my account or withdrawals from my account.  So far they have been from 'other' banks.  Bottom line, keep a close eye on your bank accounts and make sure you have online access so you can check it from home. 

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My wife gets on average around 10 -15 junk emails a day !The larest bank scams are from Zenith bank saying her account has been closed because some " Tokens " have expired ! And another from the same bank telling her thst  her account is below the minimum amount allowed and she needs to deposit funds asap or contact the bank ! Funny that has my wife only has one bank acct and its not Zenith !

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Usually one look at the Email address it came from would tell you is a scam. 

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We don't use online banking for our banks here in the Philippines so both my wife and I would have a hard job falling for these scam mails.  I am very cautious about opening emails these days - we get a lot from Apple (we don't have any Apple device) and Fedex.  I just delete them without even opening! 

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I got a very good one from Amazon yesterday, the first time for that one. Also one mentioning a previous password saying they had footage of me watching porn and I must deposit $1000 in a bitcoin account otherwise they will put it on social media. I guess they got the password from one of the big hacks in years gone by.

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3 hours ago, Gary D said:

I got a very good one from Amazon yesterday, the first time for that one. Also one mentioning a previous password saying they had footage of me watching porn and I must deposit $1000 in a bitcoin account otherwise they will put it on social media. I guess they got the password from one of the big hacks in years gone by.

Do you have a link to that site ? :hystery:

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5 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

Usually one look at the Email address it came from would tell you is a scam. 

Yes, and/or hover over their "reply" type of button to see the address where it will take you.  There are some very realistic ones out there and sometimes the e-mail address they use even looks legit a bit.

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6 hours ago, OnMyWay said:

sometimes the e-mail address they use even looks legit a bit.

I've never seen one any where near legit but anyway something to look for.

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5 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

I've never seen one any where near legit but anyway something to look for.

On this the email address was "callcenter at bpiexpress dot com" and "quicksupport at bpionline dot com".   I modified the text with "at" and "dot" to prevent links.  I can see where someone who is not aware of how a phishing scam works could see them as legit.

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