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Issue 109 - December 2010 - Page 18

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning
  2. Check Your Receipts - Cash Back Scam Warning Email
  3. Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax
  4. Dan Murphy's 30% Off Voucher Hoax
  5. Warning from 'British Ministry of Health' - Danger From Broken Energy Saving Bulbs
  6. Friendship Inquiries Hacker Alert Hoax
  7. 'Strange City in Greece' Photographs
  8. Iceberg Spotted at Cape Town?
  9. Viral Video - Time Traveller in Charlie Chaplin Film?
  10. Bogus Facebook Rumour- Harry Graham Pedophile Warning
  11. Maria at Dell Hospital Money for Forwarding Hoax
  12. 'Very Important Message' Facebook Spam
  13. Optus ADSL Service Cancellation Phishing Scam Email
  14. Postcard Image Virus Hoax
  15. FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email
  16. Plea to Help Find Missing Three Year Old Girl - Jewel Strong
  17. Mobile Phone Medical Equipment Warning - Phone Interference Caused Death Hoax
  18. USAA Phishing Scam Email
  19. Hilton Hotel Job Offer Scam Email

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USAA Phishing Scam Email

Outline
Email purporting to be from financial services group USAA claims that members need to follow a link to fill out a new version of the group's confirmation form.



Brief Analysis
The email is not from USAA. In fact, it is a phishing scam designed to steal private information from USAA customers. Links in the message open a bogus webform that asks users to submit personal and financial information.

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Last updated: 11th November 2010
First published: 11th November 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: notification from USAA

Confirmation Form


Dear USAA Customer,

We would like to inform you that we have released a new version of USAA Confirmation Form. This form is required to be completed by all USAA customers. Please use the button below in order to access the form:

Access USAA Confrmation Form

Thank you,
USAA

Screen shot of scam email:

USAA Phishing Scam Email




Detailed Analysis
This email, which claims to be from the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), advises USAA customers that they are required to complete a new versions of the "USAA Confirmation Form". The email instructs recipients to click a button to access the new form. The message features seemingly official USAA logos, formatting and links.

However, the email is not from the USAA. The email is a phishing scam designed to trick USAA customers into submitting personal information to Internet criminals. Those who fall for the ruse and click on the link in the scam email will be taken to a bogus website that asks them to logon to their USAA account. They will next be taken to a fake form that asks them to provide a raft of personal information, including their USAA credit card Number, pin, security code and other identity details The criminals operating the scam can collect the information submitted on the bogus website and use it to commit credit card fraud and identity theft.

USAA has posted a notice on its website warning customers about such phishing scams. The warning notes that "USAA will not ask for any personal or account information, including PINs or passwords, in an e-mail".

Phishing scams of this nature are very common and target customers of many financial institutions and service providers all around the world. Scammers use many and varied ruses to try to entice their intended victims into submitting their personal and financial information. Any unsolicited email that claims that you need to update personal information urgently by clicking a link or opening an attached file should be treated as suspicious.

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Phishing Scam Targets USAA Members
Phishing Scams - Anti-Phishing Information



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Issue 109 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning
  2. Check Your Receipts - Cash Back Scam Warning Email
  3. Christmas Tree App Virus Hoax
  4. Dan Murphy's 30% Off Voucher Hoax
  5. Warning from 'British Ministry of Health' - Danger From Broken Energy Saving Bulbs
  6. Friendship Inquiries Hacker Alert Hoax
  7. 'Strange City in Greece' Photographs
  8. Iceberg Spotted at Cape Town?
  9. Viral Video - Time Traveller in Charlie Chaplin Film?
  10. Bogus Facebook Rumour- Harry Graham Pedophile Warning
  11. Maria at Dell Hospital Money for Forwarding Hoax
  12. 'Very Important Message' Facebook Spam
  13. Optus ADSL Service Cancellation Phishing Scam Email
  14. Postcard Image Virus Hoax
  15. FedEx Incorrect Delivery Address Malware Email
  16. Plea to Help Find Missing Three Year Old Girl - Jewel Strong
  17. Mobile Phone Medical Equipment Warning - Phone Interference Caused Death Hoax
  18. USAA Phishing Scam Email
  19. Hilton Hotel Job Offer Scam Email