Monday, June 18, 2007

Phishing attack

No! the title is not misspelled and I am definitely not talking about fishing.

Was going through my Gmail spam folder when I found this.
Amazon Inc. Security Center"
date Jun 18, 2007 8:35 PM
subject Dear Amazon Inc. Member ,
Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information. Learn more

Dear Amazon® member,

We are contacting you to inform you that our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your account. In accordance with Amazon's User Agreement and to ensure that your account has not been compromised, access to your account was limited. Your account access will remain limited until this issue has been resolved. To secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may require some additional information from you for the following reason: We have been notified that a card associated with your account has been reported as lost or stolen, or that there were additional problems with your card.
This process is mandatory, and if not completed within the nearest time your account or credit card may be subject for temporary suspension.
To securely confirm your Amazon information please click on the link bellow:

We encourage you to log in and perform the steps necessary to restore your account access as soon as possible. Allowing your account access to remain limited for an extended period of time may result in further limitations on the use of your account and possible account closure.

For more information about how to protect your account please visit Amazon Security Center. We apologize for any incovenience this may cause, and we apriciate your assistance in helping us to maintain the integrity of the entire Amazon system.

Thank you for using Amazon!
The Amazon Team

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Out of curiosity, I clicked on the url even though I knew it was fake. Another warning are the 3 spelling errors in the e-mail. Can you locate them? Special mention on my blog if you do.

Firefox also gave me a "Suspected Web Forgery" warning. Here's a snapshot of the site. Looks exactly like the real site.

Don't be fooled.

Related links:
- Phishing on Wikipedia
- Anti-Phishing Working Group



lucia said...

the 3 spelling errors:

first paragraph, last word "bellow".

last paragraph, "incovenience" and "apriciate"


i had also received this kind of email scam but not from amazon (since i don't have account there) but from paypayl. i just ignore it... though i was tempted to click on the url out of curiosity sake, but i not sure if my firefox will warn me or not so i dare not click on it.

Adam said...

Clicking on the link won't do any harm but just don't enter any info on the site.

You got the spelling errors alright.


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