Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Economic stimulus scams (looking for banking info) arrive in phishing emails


I am already receiving emails that purport to offer “economic stimulus” money in return for personal information. Some of the emails have attachments, and the AOL spam filter catches some but not all of them. Some have logos and trademarks of established companies embedded in order to appear legitimate. Again, if they tell you to link, generally the actual address (seen from moving the cursor over the link) does not match what the link purports to be.

Major media outlets have reported that these new phishing scams are becoming common, and may even be occurring in workplace email systems, which ought to be able to filter them out.

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