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Spam, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.

Jul 30th, 2009 | Posted by | Filed under Indianapolis IT support

We’ve all received one of those emails… we know we shouldn’t open it, but what if it is true? Unless you really know what you’re doing and understand how to read mail headers, verify links, etc… you should never open anything from a bank, credit card, store, etc that is asking about your account.

I just received an email purporting to be from Wells Fargo, with the subject: Your account has been locked!
It has a link in the mail message to go to: http://www.wellsfargo/signon/reactivate?UNLOCK_CODE=M638G628A794C849?????3 but if you hover your mouse over the link in the email message it actually goes to a website in the Ukraine.  Not likely Wells Fargo opened up headquarters in eastern Europe near Chernobyl..

As I stated above, we all know we should not open these emails and certainly not open any links in them. But people still do it, even those that should know better.

I heard a similar story on the radio today that within hours of news of Michael Jackson’s death, millions of spam email messages were spewing from mail servers to unsuspecting victims to entice them to go to a website that downloads malicious software (malware) such as trojans, worms, bots, viruses, etc…

So this is just another friendly reminder to truly think about any strange or suspicious emails before your emotions take over and you open the email or worse yet go to a site to resolve your account issues, claim your millions or talk to that random girl/guy who just sent you a message.

A copy of the spam email is provided below:
Dear Wells Fargo client
Your account has been locked and placed on hold due to too many attempts to sign in to your account with an incorrect password.
In order to unlock your account please click the link below and log in with the correct password :

If you choose not to complete the request, you give us no choice but to suspend your account permanently.
If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of Wells Fargo policy to represent oneself as an other Wells Fargo user. Such action may also be in violation of local, national, and/or international law. Wells Fargo is committed to assist law enforcement with any inquires related attempts to misappropriate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft. Information will be provided at the request or law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Wells Fargo Account Review Department.

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.


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