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Check address bar. In this case, address bar reported that website was also from scammer’s IP address. Simply put, it did not say www.wellsfargo.com. Very seldom would a scammer be able to fake this. They may, however, employ other tricks like buying a domain name with a slight spelling difference that user might not notice or by simply loading link in a new window and hiding address bar altogether.
Lastly, only full proof method to avoid becoming a victim to a scam like this is to simply call in and verify information over phone. Please note; do not use a phone number in email if one is given. Open up your phone book and locate number for your firm and ask them about it.
Just remember, if it looks funny and feels funny, it’s probably a scam. Do not ever reply to such email messages for personal information as sensitive as account information and SSN.
Below is a copy of email message for your review and amusement. The link is active, however DO NOT ENTER ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION INTO THESE FORMS. THIS IS NOT WELLSFARO’S SITE.
Kevin. A. Lloyd.
From: Personal Banking < email@example.com > To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Jun 2, 2005 2:22 PM Subject: Security Notice #291240 Wells Fargo Internet Banking account Update Necesary! Dear Member,
We recently reviewed your account, and suspect that your Wells Fargo Internet Banking account may have been accessed by an unauthorized third party. Protecting security of your acount and of Wells Fargo network is our primary concern. Therefore, as a preventative measure, we have temporarily limited access to sensitive account features. To restore your account access, please take following steps to ensure that your account has not been compromised:
1. Login to your Wells Fargo Internet Banking account. In case you are not enrolled for Internet Banking, you will have to use your Social Security Number as both your Personal ID and Password and fill in all required information, including your name and account number. 2. Review your recent account history for any unauthorized withdrawls or deposits, and check your account profile to make sure not changes have been made. If any unauthorized activity has taken p! la ce on your account, report this to Wells Fargo staff immediately.
To get started, please click on link below:
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain integrity of entire Wells Fargo system. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Sincerly, The Wells Fargo Team
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