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Old March 27th, 2009, 11:34 AM
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Today I received this letter in my email. I called Bank Of America to confirm that they sent it. They had not. It is a scam to gather your info. If you get one forward it to abuse@bankofmerica.com

Laura



Dear Bank of America card holder,



During our regular update and verification of the clients data, we detected a serious error on your card.

For your security, your card has been deactivated.

In order to reactivate your card you need to verify your Online Banking account.

https://www.bankofamerica.com/verify.jsp



We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your card.

Sincerely, Bank of America
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Old March 27th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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That's called phishing. It's quite common. I'm surprised it's your first.
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I received about the same thing from my local bank last month,,,needless to say it wasn't real.
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I have gotten emails from other banks but never opened them. This was from my bank so I took notice. I always call my bank to verify everything.

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I have gotten emails from other banks but never opened them. This was from my bank so I took notice. I always call my bank to verify everything.

Laura
GOOD THINKING Nut2. I'm proud of you. Don't EVER reply with account numbers, and the like online. We all work way too hard for what little money we've got, and certainly don't need to "give it away".

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Right on Ken!

And for everyone out there, most scams are so obvious it's ludicrous but there are some that are pretty slick. Just keep the following in mind:

1. If a credit card company or a bank wants wishes to advise you of problems arising with your card(s) they will will have right in front of them o0n their screen your account number(s).

Never EVER provide your account number for any credit card, nor your telephone number, nor your Social Security number to ANYONE whom you don't personally know who calls you. If they do and they sound legit but you're not sure, look on your caller ID and see what number is there. Then ask them from what number they are calling. Tell them you'll call them back. Then when you hang up, call the number you have for whatever organization the caller was purporting to represent (credit card company, bank, etc.) and ask them if that is indeed, the call back number you were provided is one of that company's telephone numbers. If the number is legit, then just ask them to connect you with that department.

I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I am confident in telling you that probably every unsolicited telephone call you receive from any alleged financial institution or business wanting either your account or Social Security number is a scam. And that is so easy to remember also.

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I have gotten emails from other banks but never opened them. This was from my bank so I took notice. I always call my bank to verify everything.

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If they send out enough emails from various banks, eventually they are going to accidentally be from "your bank"

You don't have to call and verify anything regarding emails you get from banks. NONE will email you about actual problems or transactions... unless it was in response to a question from you.
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Thamk you all for the advice.

I can't afford to be scammed, I need the money to pay for my cruises.

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