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Old 04.05.2007, 09:07
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Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

I received the following email this morning, which seems to have taked phishing to a new level:

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Dear [my name removed],

You have received this email because we have strong reasons to believe that your VISA credit card had been recently compromised. In order to prevent any fraudulent activity from occurring we are required to open an investigation into this matter.

Per the User Agreement, Section 9, we may immediately issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate your membership and refuse to provide our services to you if we believe that your actions may cause financial loss or legal liability for you, our users or us. We may also take these actions if we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us.

If your account information is not updated within the next 72 hours, then we will assume your credit card is fraudulent and will be suspended. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the purpose of this verification is to ensure that your VISA account has not been fraudulently used and to combat fraud.

Please scan the following documents, attach them to your email and forward them to: certify@visafraudcheck.com

- Your credit/debit card (front and back)
- Your credit/debit card statement or your utility bill (electic,phone bill )
- A valid photo ID (example: Passport, Drivers License, etc...)
Completing all of the checklist items will automatically restore your credit card.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your account.

Regards,
Safeharbor Department
Visa Card, Inc. Switzerland
There is no website at www.visafraud.com. The domain visafraudcheck.com is registered to:
Name : Western Union
Email : webmaster@westernunion.com
Address : 100 Summit Avenue
Zipcode : 07645
Nation : US
Tel : 2012635001

Presumably the registration details are false too.

No credit card company would ask you for such details. And anyway, I don't have a Visa card...
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Old 04.05.2007, 09:13
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

That's a surprisingly well done one. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 04.05.2007, 09:35
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

That's the first I've seen that requests the complete identity kit
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Old 04.05.2007, 10:05
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

I can see that people would fall for that, but I have little sympathy for it. Simple rule - don't give out card details. Your bank won't ask for it.

It's like the old "NakedBrittanySpearsPictures.exe" style attachment. I have --->| |<--- this much time for people who try to open that....
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Old 04.05.2007, 10:41
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

I would suggest that anyone that gets hit by this sort of email gets in contact with AntiPhishing : http://www.antiphishing.org/

Bunch of banks & security industry leaders, you can report attempted phishing details & these guys will follow up in whichever jusrisdiction to close it down.

I have reported this one via the site, so thanks AbFab for bringing it up.
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I would suggest that anyone that gets hit by this sort of email gets in contact with AntiPhishing : http://www.antiphishing.org/

Bunch of banks & security industry leaders, you can report attempted phishing details & these guys will follow up in whichever jusrisdiction to close it down.

I have reported this one via the site, so thanks AbFab for bringing it up.
Thanks AbFab and Polorise for taking the time to deal with this...
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Old 04.05.2007, 10:50
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

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Thanks AbFab and Polorise for taking the time to deal with this...
No probs, the info is out there, but unless you know about it .... bit like moving to Switzerlland really ...
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

Sadly, genuine companies do ask for these details too. Two years ago, I ordered some stuff online from the iomega website. The next day I got an email from iomega, saying that because of online fraud etc they had to be ultra cautious, and would I send them a scanned copy of both sides of my credit card, and my passport. Nobody's ever asked me that before or since.

I told them to off, and cancelled my order. Iomega did cancel my order. It was Iomega after all, and not a phish.
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

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REFERENCE NUMBER:UK/786543X4/28
PROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
60 Merriman Road Blackheath London SE3 8RZ England.

BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING

NOTIFICATION

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of
£1,350,000(One Million, Three Hundred and fifty Thousand Pounds)
held on Wednesday 2 May 2007 in London Uk.The selection processwas carried
out through random selection in our computerized email selection
system(ess) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from which
you were selected. your e-mail
address emerged as one of two winners in the category \\\"A\\\" with
the following winning information:

To file for your claim, please contact the processing agent;

Name: Dr. Silvester Silver,
Email: irishclaimsagentdept1@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: (+44) 7045717516

Claims Requirements:
Full Legal Name:...
Age:.........................
Gender:..................
Occupation:...........
phone:...................
Address:................
Country:...............

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Lewis Braxton,
Executive (International Sweepstakes).
I am one of the lucky winners of the lottery...should i resign from my job now

Another example of getting personal information.
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Old 04.05.2007, 11:23
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

Ha ha i've won the Spanish lottery a few times, they even wanted both my parents names as well as all the same info as your scam.
From nowt comes nowt
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Old 04.05.2007, 11:32
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

Check this link for a wide range of scam examples...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_scam

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Old 04.05.2007, 11:45
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

Hi

I work in CreditCard Industry.Visa will never contact cardholder directly.Any issues with a particular card will be advised to the issuing bank only thru a seperate channel.

Subrahmanyam.
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Old 04.05.2007, 12:00
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

There's an Antispam Movement trying to waste the ressources of scammers: 419eater.com. Their achievements include luring a scammer to travel to another country for nothing, and convincing two others to play Monty Python's Parrot Sketch. (I would prefer the Lumberjack Song though. )

Others have pranked an Ebay scammer, the painfully exact documentation is here. Reading these stories always gives me a warm feeling in my tummy.
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

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Sadly, genuine companies do ask for these details too. Two years ago, I ordered some stuff online from the iomega website. The next day I got an email from iomega, saying that because of online fraud etc they had to be ultra cautious, and would I send them a scanned copy of both sides of my credit card, and my passport. Nobody's ever asked me that before or since.

I told them to off, and cancelled my order. Iomega did cancel my order. It was Iomega after all, and not a phish.
Sadly there are such genuine requests for our details which give these phishing guys the cloak of credibility they need.

Not an email example but I was astonished when, as a member of the school PTA I had to fill in a form for the police. I understand these things have to be done nowadays to check out for peodophiles, but among the usual information to provide it was requested that I provide my bank details and a copy of my birth certificate! And bear in mind that this was not something that was to be dropped off and picked up at a police station, this was something that had to first go back to the school, then get sent on to the police, and then come back to the school!

The bank info wasn't compulsory, but it was suggested it would help them conduct their search. I didn't oblige, but I imagine many would just simply go along with it.

I can't see it being too long before one of the sources for Identity Theft is narrowed down to the information provided in this way!
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

Hi,

I work in credit card industry. Visa usually contacts its customers in this way. Please send in all your details asap.

Bender.

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I work in CreditCard Industry.Visa will never contact cardholder directly.Any issues with a particular card will be advised to the issuing bank only thru a seperate channel.

Subrahmanyam.
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

I've worked out a foolproof way of distinguishing genuine requests from phishing expeditions. It's a little programme that attaches a line of information to whatever messages you receive, be they email, text or posted on a forum.

Just send me in all your personal and bank account details, including all credit card numbers, and I'll tell you how it's done.

This is a GENUINE request

See! It really does work!
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There's an Antispam Movement trying to waste the ressources of scammers: 419eater.com. Their achievements include luring a scammer to travel to another country for nothing, and convincing two others to play Monty Python's Parrot Sketch. (I would prefer the Lumberjack Song though. )
If you like the 419eaters page, you'll love the ebolamonkeyman website at: http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/
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Old 04.05.2007, 15:27
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

Hi Guys

I received this as well. We contacted the ISP and they sent back the following response:

"Thank you for your email and bringing this to our attention.
This domain and user account has been suspended and the DNS/MX records removed from our servers.


Kind regards

~ the netmotivated team"



Just so you know...
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If you like the 419eaters page, you'll love the ebolamonkeyman website at: http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/
Hahah! Ouch.
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Re: Swiss Visa Phishing Warning.

more VISA emails to my gmail account today. In German.

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Sehr geehrter Rockster

Sie haben diese Mail erhalten, weil wir den starken Verdacht haben, dass Ihre VISA Kreditkarte in letzter Zeit missbraucht wurde. Um das Eintreten jeglicher betrügerischer Aktivitäten zu verhindern, erfordert es der Einleitung einer Untersuchung.

Per Kundenvereinbarung, Sektion 9, konnten wir sofort eine Warnung aussprechen, vorläufig außer Kraft setzen, auf unbestimmte Zeit außer Kraft setzen oder Ihre Mitgliedschaft terminieren und ablehnen unseren Service nachzukommen, wenn wir glauben, dass Ihre Aktionen finanziellen Verlust oder legale Verpflichtungen Ihnen, unseren Benutzern oder uns gegenüber verursachen könnte. Wir werden auch diese Handlungen durchführen, wenn wir nicht in der Lage sind jegliche Informationen die Sie uns liefern nachzuprüfen oder zu authentifizieren.

Wenn Ihr Benutzerkonto in den nächsten 72 Stunden nicht aktualisiert wird, vermuten wir, dass es sich voraussetzen um einen Kreditkartenbetrug bei Ihnen handelt, woraufhin Ihre Karte außer Kraft gesetzt wird. Wir entschuldigen uns für diese Unannehmlichkeit, jedoch bezweckt diese Verifikation, dass Ihr VISA Konto nicht für betrügerische Zwecke missbraucht wird und um Betrug zu bekämpfen.

Bitte scannen Sie dir folgenden Dokumente ein und fügen diese einer Email an folgende Adresse hinzu: verification@visa-europe.net

- Ihre Kredit-/ Kundenkarte (Vorder- und Rückseite)
- Ihre Kredit-/ Kundenkarten Abrechnung oder Nutzungsrechungen (Strom, Telefonrechnung)
- Eine gültige Photo ID (Beispiel: Reisepass, Führerschein, etc…)

Die Vervollständigung aller in der Checkliste genannten Posten führt zu einer automatischen Behebung Ihrer Kreditkarte.

Danke für Ihre bereitwillige Aufmerksamkeit in dieser Angelegenheit. Bitte haben Sie Verständnis, dass es sich hierbei um eine Sicherheitsmaßnahme handelt, die Sie und Ihr Konto beschützen soll.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

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Visa Card, Inc Schweiz
WhoIs info. I've reported it to YesNIC.
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