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Bank of America Alerts and more Christmas greetings

Dec 21st, 2009 | Posted by | Filed under Indianapolis IT support

Most invalid emails purporting to be from banks requesting account information are blocked by spam filters and anti-virus scanners.  This one, Important Issues Concerning Your Online Account, supposedly from Bank of America Alerts ( is an example of spam phising for your bank account information.  Cyber thieves are smart; what better time is there to make consumers think there may be a legitimate issue with their bank account that during the holidays.  Not only do we use or credit cards more during this time of year, but many buy items online and are still not sure which sites are secure and which sites are fake.

So I’ll highlight another route that cyber criminals take in an attempt to steal your identity during the holiday season, shipping confirmation emails that appear to come from FedEx, UPS or the USPS.  Again, with many gifts shipped from homes and business along with increased online purchases, identity thieves send out spam emails asking you to verify sipping information with your credit card or ask for personal information to receive and confirm packages.  If you ever receive a request online to confirm any account or personal information, you should open a new browser window and type in the sites address, such as, and then proceed or call their customer service department.

If you think just because  a link in an email says it it from fedex or goes to look out.  In my original example of the Bank of America Alert, there is a link to update your account info, but the link actually goes to not  It really is difficult to differentiate between valid emails and phising scams aimed at stealing your identity and personal information.  Remember though that banks, credit card companies and other valid companies will not request personal, account or credit card info by email.

Here is the Bank of America Alerts email for reference:

Dear Bank of America Customer,

This email was sent by the bank of america server to verify your e-mail address. You must complete this process by clicking on the link below and entering your account information . This is done for your protection , because some of our members no longer have access to their online access and we must verify it. To verify your e-mail address and access your bank account, click on the link below.

Update Info  (


Please fill in the required information.
This is required for us to continue to offer you a safe and risk free environment .

Thank you
Accounts Management

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