Sunday, January 22, 2006

Wells Fargo Phishing Scam

Not sure if this is going to turn into something big, but with the internet a phishing scam can travel across borders with a click of a mouse. The current attack is against Wells Fargo customers. Since Wells Fargo is major player in the banking industry, there is the potential for this to spread.

The Huron Plainsman in South Dakota reported:

"Computer users are being warned by Huron police to be wary of a legitimate-looking e-mail request by Wells Fargo to update their bank accounts.The so-called “phishing scam” asks account holders to update their online information to reduce the instance of fraud on the bank’s Web site. But the e-mail itself is fraudulent. Wells Fargo never contacts account holders by e-mail, but by phone or mail, police said."

For the full story, please read:

Scam warning issued

In case you want to learn more about how to avoid a phishing scam, the Anti Phishing Working Group has an excellent page on their site: How to Avoid Phishing Scams.

The APWG has consistently reported phishing activity to be on the rise and getting more sophisticated all the time.

The APWG (Anti Phishing Working Group) home page can be viewed by clicking on the title of this post.

1 comment:

prying1 said...

One government department I would like to see formed is a central Phishing clearing house. Anyone recieving a Phishing email sends it to a specific address. Computer programs could run through the headers, trace them and request local ISP's to send phishers name/address to authorities.

Same thing could be done with the Nigerian scams.