Benjamin Juang (ibneko) wrote,
Benjamin Juang
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Phishing warnings

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/01/AR2006040100171_pf.html

Apparently, the evil people trying to get your information are getting smarter. Expect stuff to be addressed to you by name.

Basic rules?
1. Don't click links in e-mails.
2. If it's paypal, go to paypal.com in your browser, and check your account for suspicious activity. There'll usually be none. If it's eBay, go to ebay.com. Etc.
3. Forward the e-mail to security / support. Usually, they'll get back to you.

Via http://www.fightidentitytheft.com/how-to-report-scams.html
Here is the contact info for some of the most targeted companies:
Best Buy bestbuysecurityinfo@postfuture.com
Citi emailspoof@citigroup.com
EarthLink fraud@corp.earthlink.net
eBay spoof@ebay.com
PayPal spoof@paypal.com
Washington Mutual spoof@wamu.com
Wells Fargo Contact Us Page

Also consider forwarding the email to spam@uce.gov. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will place your email in a database and use the combined information to track down and prosecute the scammer/spammers.


Also useful, is the cheat-sheet for reaching human operators, in the case that you do fall for spam:
http://www.fightidentitytheft.com/blog/?p=32

[edit] Addressed, not Address.
Tags: geek, phishing, spam
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