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Windows 7: Scam artists working over time.

31 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro
Scam artists working over time.

Here's yet another e-mail I've received tonight trying to steal my information. It threatens that my automated bank deposits may be at risk or blocked if I don't take action. It's supposedly from the FDIC (FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). Note however that the FDIC is an insurer of banks and deals with them, not you. They insure that if a bank goes belly up, you get your money. They don't contact individuals concerning their banking accounts or deposits. That's not their role! - FDIC Insurance - How FDIC Insurance Works. That said...

Dear customer,

In order to reduce the number of cases of fraud and scams, we have adopted a new security system. In this connection all your account ACH and WIRE transactions will be blocked until you set up the required updates.. In order to rehabilitate your account, it is necessary that you install a special security software. Please use the link (link removed) below and follow the instructions to proceed with the installation.

We apologize for causing you troubles by this measure.
If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours truly,

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Security Department
Clearly a scam. Notice the verbiage... rehabilitate your account. Really???

Please make sure your loved ones don't get scammed like this, especially those not so savvy. Ex: the young and elderly. If they have any questions, they can call their bank, or the company/business handling their automatic deposits. No legitimate company is going to ask you to install some piece of software without explaining what it is and what it does.

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31 Jan 2013   #2


I'm interested in knowing what email address they sent you that from.
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31 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trucidation View Post
I'm interested in knowing what email address they sent you that from.
I didn't even look because I knew it was a scam but here you go...

".Бирюков" <"

The first part looks Russian to me, but...
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01 Feb 2013   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Thats a common Russian name : translates to Biryukov in English.
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01 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

I get this kind of stuff myself and simply delete it, but the sad part is that there must be some that fall for a scam like this, or it wouldn't be happening.
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01 Feb 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro

Yeah I've been deleting them too but over the past few months I've gotten 4 or 5 of them.

Anyway there's always going to 1 or 2 who fall for this kind of stuff but that's why you have to educate those around you. Especially if you have kids.
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01 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Those cons go by the old adage that if you through enough **** at the wall sooner or later some will stick. If they send out enough times some will fall for it.
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