June 24, 2005

Phish heads, phish heads, roly poly phish heads...

::sigh:: Don't know if it's the full moon or what, but the level of Nigerian-scam-type spam has picked up the last couple of days on the ol' Gmail account, as well as the phishing expeditions. In fact, got two this morning from the same place:

Dear Bank of America valued member

Technical services of the Bank of America are carrying out a planned software upgrade. We earnestly ask yo [sic "Yo, Adriane!"] to visit the following link to start the procedure of confirmation on customers [sic] data.

To get started, please click the link below:

https://www.bankofamerica.com [Obviously, don't follow this link!]

This instruction has been sent to all bank customers and is obligatory to fallow [sic].

Thank you,

Customers [sic] Support Service.

No, thank YOU!

Bank of America has been hit hardest by this, and according to this article have responded by instituting a variety of security schemes to fight bogus crap like this.

Of course, one of the most obvious signs that this is a scam is that I DON'T HAVE A BANK OF AMERICA ACCOUNT.

Anyway, hopefully folks who visit here are savvy enough to realize by now that they are much better off just sending their money to me, instead of to perfect strangers.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 24, 2005 09:31 AM

I got an e-mail a couple of weeks ago from a local bank reporting "unusual activity" in my account. This bank DOES have my e-mail address because sometimes they send me loan closing packages via e-mail, but I DON'T have an account with them.

Posted by: Kathy at June 24, 2005 10:35 AM

Same here with SouthTrust and AmSouth--I've gotten a couple from these, too, and we DO have accounts with them. However, the text of these messages is always similar, (oddly stilted language and misspellings) so I just always dump 'em.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 24, 2005 10:42 AM

I keep getting drug and escrow account scams.

Posted by: Sarah G. at June 24, 2005 11:35 AM