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ABA Phisher Scam

Summary:
Fraudulent email, claiming to be from the American Bankers Association, attempts to trick recipients into revealing sensitive personal information.



Status:
False

Example:(Collected online, 2004)
From: American Bankers Association [service@aba.com]
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004
Subject: Please Read! Imporant Information About Your Credit Card And Its Issuing Bank!

Dear Sir/Madam,

You have been identified as a customer of one of ABA's ( American Bankers Association ) member banks. The American Bankers Association would like to inform You about the adoption of a decision of a new Security Policy. The new policy entered into force on 1st March 2004. Due to the extensive number of credit card frauds, ABA has decided to take preventice countermeasures in order to ensure the highest level of security and safety for the customers of its member banks....

Sincerely,

ABA Customer Service Staff


Commentary:
The American Bankers Association has joined a long list of financial entities around the world that have been targeted by phisher scammers. The ABA has placed a warning about this scam on their website. Internet users have reported receiving an email purporting to be from the ABA that tries to trick recipients into providing personal and financial information. The fraudulent email contains an embedded "Credit Card Verification Form" that requests users to enter information directly. It is highly unlikely that the ABA, or any other legitimate financial institution, would send messages that requests sensitive personal information via email.

If you have received a suspect email that claims to be from the ABA, you can forward the message to alert@aba.com.

Read the alert from the ABA.

A sample of one of the scam emails, minus the "Credit Card Verification Form", is reproduced above.

Write-up by Brett M.Christensen