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    Received a new scam letter today. The email informs the recipient "Department Of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has advised the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to suspend all deposit insurance on your account until such time as we can verify your identity and your account information."

    I know nobody here would click on the link but we all know someone who might. The link, by the way traces to Pakistan.

    Wayne

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    Sounds like this press release from Tom Ridge about regulation of the Internet.. http://www.homelandsecurity.gov@subj.com/dhs/



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    Yeah, hard to tell scam from policy sometimes. Though if the Department of Homeland Hysteria can have their website hosted in a British cow pasture, the FDIC could, I suppose, have offices in Pakistan. Maybe I should have given them my account info?

    Wayne

    Edited to correct spelling of my own name.

    [This message was edited by NorthernStudio on January 23, 2004 at 05:32 PM.]

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    Funnily enough homelandsecurity.gov was already gone

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    I've gotten a few "You must update your account" emails that, of course, point to some unknown domain.

    I've been filling them out with bogus data, and let them know what I think of them in any available freeform fields.

    Makes me feel a little better if nothing else...

    "Don't let yesterday take up to much of today."

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    Jungleland your e-mail address then gets scraped from their forms application with a script to sell off to their fellow spammers.

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    Mike, you are probably right. But, I'm betting most of them already have it.

    Are you aware of anything I can do to my browser make sure this doesn't happen? My browser currently does not point to/open an email package that I have set up or use.

    "Don't let yesterday take up to much of today."

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    Some of the Plishing sites are done by professional hackers, spammers and con-men working for the European underground or Russian Mob. I had one irate client who filled in these forms and e-mailed the wanks. They scripted the site to capture his browser e-mail address and his IP#. He had no firewall and they hacked his system and planted a e-mail spamming system using his always on connections to send out millions of spams under his name. Took 2 weeks to get back his ISP service once banned. Took 3 hours to clean his system from being a spam machine. Perps were IP traced to Rumania.

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    Beware though, there's one that exploits a bug in some versions of IE that puts in a character with an ASCII code of %01.. this truncates the URL, so that it's perfectly possibly to have the Address Bar display "http://www.citibank.com" while the rest of the URL is hidden.

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    I've seen where they've done that. Took me a little while to figure it out. Can't make a buck honestly, so they'll rip us off instead.

    Kind of reminds me of the parasites.

    "Don't let yesterday take up to much of today."

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