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Issue 171 - February, 2014 (1st Edition) - Page 6

Mint.Com.Uk 'Minimum Credit Card Payment Due' Phishing Scam

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Outline
Message, which pretends to be from UK based credit card provider Mint, claims that the recipient's minimum credit card payment is due and advises that the latest bill can be found in an attached file.

Hooked on credit

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Brief Analysis
The email is not from Mint.  It is a phishing scam designed to trick recipients into divulging their account login details to cybercriminals.

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Example

Subject: Mint.co.uk - Minimum payment due
 
Your credit card minimum payment is due

Your latest credit card bill has been attached above

View attached file to proceed


Detailed Analysis
According to this message, which purports to be from UK credit card provider Mint, the recipient's minimum credit card payment is now due. The message instructs the recipient to open an attached file to view the latest Mint credit card bill.

However, the email is not from Mint and the attachment does not contain a credit card bill. Instead, the email is a typical phishing scam designed to trick Mint customers into giving account login details to cybercriminals.

Those taken in by the email will find that clicking the attachment loads a html file in their browser. The file contains a link supposedly leading to the credit card bill. However, clicking the link opens a fraudulent website that asks users to supply their account login details, ostensibly to access the "bill".

However, users will never reach the supposed bill. They have instead sent their account login details to criminals who can then use it to hijack their accounts, steal information therein, and conduct further fraud.

Phishing continues to be a very common type of Internet based fraud. Be wary of any message that tries to entice you to login to an online account either by clicking a direct link or opening an attached file.

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Last updated: January 23, 2014
First published: January 23, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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