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    Phishing

    Oh bugger... seems my Amazon account has been hacked! My email was changed to an account ending in "ru." Those clever Russians! Anyway, Amazon is supposed to fix it in the next 24 hours. I wonder how these hackers do this.

    Seems like the phishing expeditions are becoming more frequent with me (though I don't bite). In the last month, I've had MANY emails that my Apple iCloud account has changed (password, etc.) but I don't even have an iCloud account! "Click here to fix your account." <snicker>

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    Re: Phishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    Oh bugger... seems my Amazon account has been hacked! My email was changed to an account ending in "ru." Those clever Russians! Anyway, Amazon is supposed to fix it in the next 24 hours. I wonder how these hackers do this.

    Seems like the phishing expeditions are becoming more frequent with me (though I don't bite). In the last month, I've had MANY emails that my Apple iCloud account has changed (password, etc.) but I don't even have an iCloud account! "Click here to fix your account." <snicker>

    I never click on a link in an email. If I get a notice from someplace that says I need to do anything that involves clicking a link, I ignore it. I will sometimes visit the site directly and long in to check things, but I never click on a link in an email unless I am certain who it is from and what it is for. I also highlight the link and see what the "real" URL is.
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    Re: Phishing

    I do the same... and recognize these attempts for what they are. It's amazing how sophisticated these fake websites are. I never trust them. However, in this case, I went directly to Amazon and couldn't log in... and the nefarious email popped up! So, they've disabled my account and will protect the credit card info (and block any purchases) while I re-set it all.
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    Re: Phishing

    I just received a very official email from “Bank of America “. The problem is I’ve never used them for anything. Also in the body of the email they capitalize the A in account.
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    Re: Phishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodyspit75 View Post
    I just received a very official email from “Bank of America “. The problem is I’ve never used them for anything. Also in the body of the email they capitalize the A in account.
    Yeah, on my Yahoo junk account I get emails all the time from banks I don't belong to.
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    Re: Phishing

    Was a story on the national news last night about a couple that but for the speedy work of the FBI would have lost half a million in a fake real estate swindle. Seems they were buying a place and somehow scammers not only faked their agent's email and website but somehow rerouted calls from them to their number while still showing as the correct number being called in their phone. Got them to do a supposed transfer to the real estate agent that was diverted to an account they owned. Had the buyers not figured it out quicker and the scammer been faster moving the money on, they would have lost all of it. These sort of things are why I not only don't hit embedded links but I don't store credit information "for convenience" on websites I buy from. May take a couple minutes longer but I prefer doing them as one use and delete so hopefully there's nothing to steal if a vendor gets hacked.

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    Re: Phishing

    I've received a few fake ones from Wells Fargo. The sad thing is that I suspect a LOT of unsavvy people (notably the elderly) will fall for this crap.
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    Re: Phishing

    Whew. Received a real email from Amazon (no links) to re-log in at their site and change my password. During the re-authentication process they did ask for the expiration date of my credit card on file. All seems OK now.

    I'd previously spoken with them and had to authenticate by giving them my real email, the fake email listed and my home address... then tech support contacted me.

    I wonder, though, HOW did someone hack the account if they didn't know my password or credit card info. And why wouldn't it just happen again?
    - Mark

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