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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:59 PM
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New form of internet fraud? I may be late to the party, but i almost
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 08:59 PM by hedgehog
got caught today.

Here's the scam -

1. You get an email saying your credit card has been charged for some purchases. I was supposedly charged in British pounds for some computer ware.

2. The email doesn't tell you which credit card was charged. Presumably you check your accounts and can't find the charge.

Here's where the real scam kicks in:

the email has a link to the invoice. You may want to download the invoice and look at it so you can contact your credit card company with details. The problem is, the so-called invoice is an executable file. You open it, you'll get who knows what kind of virus installed.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:00 PM
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1. don't click on unsolicited email links
CALL them
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:18 PM
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2. I have a couple of times gotten
phone calls, that's right phone calls, NOT emails when some suspicious charges appeared on my account. In both cases the calls were triggered because I'd done some unusual purchases myself with the credit cards, so I could immediately say, they were legit.

I seriously doubt my credit card companies even have an email for me, especially since all of my accounts were opened in the distant dark ages before the internets.

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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:21 PM
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3. To be clear - the email look like the typical order confirmation you might
get from a legitimate outfit like Amazon or Lands' End.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:42 PM
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4. Yep! Indistinguishable from the real thing. n/t
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:45 PM
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5. Thinking it over - legitimate notifications generally give the last 4 digits
of the card used.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:07 PM
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7. I never trust them anyway. I always log into the site and check it out. The ones
I get a lot are for paypal.

Yep, thinking about it, it seems the last 4 digits are always mentioned for credit card accounts.
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lolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:52 PM
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6. Got a grey pop-up window the other day
Looked just like those official "login" boxes.

It said the computer had been locked and logged out and I needed to enter my administrative password to log in.

I don't even remember what it is, so I just tried closing the box, and everything went on as normal.

Clearly, the box was some sort of phishing expedition, either trying to gain access to my computer, or realizing that many people use the same password across various platforms, so one of my passwords might get them into my bank accounts, etc.

So--don't trust any "must re login" messages either.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:13 PM
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8. clicking on an exe file is always highly inadvisable
unless you are intentionally loading software

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