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National Bank of Blacksburg, Va Phishing Scam

April 14, 2010

I want to alert you to a phishing scam that I just received. You or someone that you know might also receive this scam. The email contains a link to a survey that requests you to fill out a few survey questions, and enter your credit card number, pin, CVV, and expiration. It implies that they need this information in order to deposit $50 into each of the accounts and cards that you enter.  It has the National Banks logo at the top and is quite convincing that it might be mistaken as legitimate. The email states as follows:

Customer Satisfaction Survey

At National Bank of Blacksburg, we sincerely value your opinions. As part of our continuous improvement process, we’re conducting a survey
to benchmark the opinions of our customers. We will use the resulting information to better serve all of our customers

We kindly ask you to take part in our quick and easy reward survey.

In return we will credit $50.00 to your account – Just for your time!

http://113.red-80-37-202.staticip.rima-/icons/small/ff.html?id=labrown2@vt.edu [*]

With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand our services.

Copyright © 1998-2010 National Bank Of Blacksburg, All Rights Reserved.

* Parts of the link I have taken out to prevent furthering this, atrocity.

Once you click on the link you will find a survey that looks like this:

In haste, this does seem to be legitimate. The survey even had the first four digits of my debit card filled in! However, a wise man once told me, “you should question everything!”

  1. First of all….Why isn’t there a proper salutation at the head of the email?  Violation # 1 of email etiquette, duh!
  2. In the email, why isn’t there a contact name and email? Violation #2
  3. On the survey itself, the 5 questions do not really get to what the “bank” says it is trying to accomplish, key flag to that it only furthers in the agenda of the phisher.
  4. To deposit money into an account, a pin number is not necessary.
  5. MOST of all, I don’t even bank with National!

Out of curiosity, I thought what idiot would do such as thing and be so dense to believe he/she could get away with this. I traced the email (VT-email) to find the person to whom it belongs. I will not mention any names because this individual’s email address could have been hacked and used to carry out this scheme; however, IF he/she  did do this then shame on you (and that’s the watered down version of what I am mentally exclaiming)!

In conclusion, if you or anyone that you know receives this email, delete it.  Au revoir!

La Tron

AVOIDING PHISHING SCAMS

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