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Lahle Wolfe

Bank of America Scam Alert - How to Spot Fake Hyperlinks in Emails

By August 19, 2009

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The email shown below (and similar emails) are being circulated to appear as though they are from a bank (this one pretended to be from Bank of America). Do not download the attached file or click on links. This is a phishing scheme that may contain a malicious virus in the attachment.

Dear customer,

We regret to inform you that your Bank of America Online Account has been temporarily suspended. Your account has been suspended after too many failed login attempts have been made. This is most likely an attempt to gain unauthorized access to your account and/or personal information.

To resolve this problem we have attached a form to this email. Please download the form, open it and follow the instructions on your screen.

Bank of America, Member FDIC 2009 Bank of America Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Again, the above email is not from a bank. It is a hoax!

How to Spot Fake Emails and Check for Scam Links Without Open Them

Comments
August 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm
(1) alpsphoenix says:

I have received two or three mails from what looks like the regular site,they advise that my online banking has bee suspended for some security reason.
Do not dowload anything!!!!!

September 2, 2009 at 9:59 pm
(2) mary says:

if my spam filter hadn’t caught this one I would have probably opened it – really sounds authentic. Beware!!!!!

September 4, 2009 at 9:19 am
(3) Lahle Wolfe says:

Spam filters are a good thing to have these days. Fraud emails have become quite sophisticated!

September 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(4) Javier says:

What a cra…p! I’ve never opened any account at any bank and now I got one suspended in bank of america!!! How $%^&*# up is that!? LOL!!!

October 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(5) eddie says:

This getting very annoying and i think the people that check on such emails should find out who is sending this out it has been coming to my email box for several weeks i told msn. com that this is spam and nothing is being done. I am hoping you catch them they are trying to steal people money and bank of america should know that and have them stop this. thanks.

October 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm
(6) Lahle Wolfe says:

To report a spammer you need to find out what ISP (internet service provider) is hosting the email account the spam mail was sent from.

This information is NOT in the email itself or in the “from” field as spammers often disguise real email addresses. You need to find the “header” information that contains more information than just the email itself.

In Outlook Express, for example, go to the email (you do not have to open it – just highlight the email in your inbox) and right click your mouse. You will see “Message Options.” Click on that and you will see the header information which will look like a lot of code.

The header information will show where the email really came from (some spammers are smart enough to even change that information so this is not a fool proof method.) Read through it for “Return Path.” That usually will tell you where the email really came from.

Cut and paste all the header information into an email and send it to the ISP provider along with your complaint. With the header information the ISP can see who sent the mail and will usually shut them down within 24 hours. Without header information few ISP providers will take action because it is too easy to make it look like another innocent email account was the sender.

Hope this helps.

Good luck!

Lahle

November 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(7) Paul says:

I’ve been scammed too from all Gas stations being owned by the same company all over Miami. I have Bank Of America. They put the money back. I know of one person that they stole their bank identity and took out $3,000.00 from their account. They put their money back. I know of another person with BOA that they stole $30,000.00 from their accounts. I don’t know if they put their money back. This has to be a bank internal problem. Watch your account daily for suspicious charches.

November 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm
(8) Lahle Wolfe says:

How horrible! Thank you for sharing this information. I have not been all the happy with BOA so am considering closing my accounts with them because of high user fees.

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