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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Yet another silly little Identity Theft Attempr:
   Atty Gen notified

I got the following email:

Your online credit card account has high-risk activity status. We are contacting you to remind that on March 27 2006 our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your account. In accordance with Chase Bank User Agreement and to ensure that your account has not been compromised, access your account was limited. Your account access will remain limited until this issue has been resolved.

We encourage you to log in and perform the steps necessary to restore your account access as soon as possible. Allowing your account access to remain limited for an extended period of time may result in further limitations on the use of your account and possible account closure.

Login to your limit account and restore online access:

This notification is part of the All-Electronic Program you enrolled in to receive your activity report online.

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Obviously, this is bogus. The Chase.com address is not valid, but the actual link URL (where you would be sent if you clicked it) was radically different.

No, of course not! I did not click it.

If you get stuff like this, contact your state Atty Gen immediately. Who knows? One of these days law enforcement will get smart enough to track these people down before they close up shop and go somewhere else...

After all, it can't be hard to be smarter than someone who attempts fraud using an activity date that hasn't happened yet (read the email again).

Kind of like writing a "Put all the money in a bag" note, using your own deposit slip.


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