Avoiding Phisher Emails

Fraudsters often use cleverly worded emails to trick unsuspecting victims into visiting bogus websites or provide personal or financial information. These types of emails are called phishers.



Unsophisticated phisher messages often request personal information via email. Typically, these phishers ask for sensitive information such as username, passwords, account numbers or social security numbers. You should be wary of any request for this type of information via email. These offers may appear to be from legitimate sources or attempt to lure victims with the promise of financial gain. No legitimate business will request sensitive personal information via email.



Sample phisher email sent to EarthLink customers. EarthLink will NEVER ask for username and passwords via email. Here is a sample phisher email sent by a fraudster to an EarthLink customer:

Dear Email Account Owner,
This message is from EarthLink Internet messaging center to all email account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all our EarthLink Internet and other personal email accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your EarthLink and personal account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it’s a presently used account. We have been sending this notice to all email account owners and this is the last notice/verification exercise.


CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW


Email Username :………. …..


EMAIL Password :…………….


Date of Birth :…………….


Country or Territory:……….


Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.



Thank you for using Bright EarthLink Internet!


Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ


Thanks,
EarthLink Internet Account Upgrade Team

Tips for avoiding phishers:

  • Never send personal or financial information to others through email.
  • Avoid clicking on links in any commercial email. Go directly to the legitimate site and log in. If you suspect a phisher, contact the business directly and report the email.
  • Only use known contact numbers outside rather than suspicious numbers listed in the phisher.
  • If you receive an email from a company you do not do business with don’t open it.
  • Regularly log into your online accounts. Don’t leave it for as long as a month before you check each account.
  • For directions on reporting phishers to Earthlink, please click on the following link: http://securitycenterkb.earthlink.net/fraudmi.case.asp


Fraudsters often use cleverly worded emails to trick unsuspecting victims into visiting bogus websites or provide personal or financial information. These types of emails are called phishers.



Unsophisticated phisher messages often request personal information via email. Typically, these phishers ask for sensitive information such as username, passwords, account numbers or social security numbers. You should be wary of any request for this type of information via email. These offers may appear to be from legitimate sources or attempt to lure victims with the promise of financial gain. No legitimate business will request sensitive personal information via email.



Sample phisher email sent to EarthLink customers. EarthLink will NEVER ask for username and passwords via email. Here is a sample phisher email sent by a fraudster to an EarthLink customer:

Dear Email Account Owner,
This message is from EarthLink Internet messaging center to all email account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all our EarthLink Internet and other personal email accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your EarthLink and personal account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it’s a presently used account. We have been sending this notice to all email account owners and this is the last notice/verification exercise.


CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW


Email Username :………. …..


EMAIL Password :…………….


Date of Birth :…………….


Country or Territory:……….


Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.



Thank you for using Bright EarthLink Internet!


Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ


Thanks,
EarthLink Internet Account Upgrade Team

Tips for avoiding phishers:

  • Never send personal or financial information to others through email.
  • Avoid clicking on links in any commercial email. Go directly to the legitimate site and log in. If you suspect a phisher, contact the business directly and report the email.
  • Only use known contact numbers outside rather than suspicious numbers listed in the phisher.
  • If you receive an email from a company you do not do business with don’t open it.
  • Regularly log into your online accounts. Don’t leave it for as long as a month before you check each account.
  • For directions on reporting phishers to Earthlink, please click on the following link: http://securitycenterkb.earthlink.net/fraudmi.case.asp

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