Phishing Scam - "Important -Your USAA Computer/Device Preferences Were Updated"
December 12, 2015
The USAA email message below with the subject: "IMPORTANT:Your USAA Computer/Device Preferences Were Updated," was NOT sent by USAA. The phishing email was created by scammers to trick USSA customers into entering their user names and passwords on the fake USAA website: "www.rinencreort.net." Once the potential victims enter their usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts and use them fraudulently. So, recipients who have received the phishing email message, please do not click on the link or follow the instructions it.
Please continue reading below.
The Phishing USAA Email Message
Subject: IMPORTANT:Your USAA Computer/Device Preferences Were Updated
Computer/Device Preferences Updated
USAA SECURITY ZONE
Dear Customer,Our records show that on Dec. 8, 2015, at 9:40 a.m., you registered a computer or another device for recognition by USAA or updated your preferences.
When you're using a computer or device that's recognized by USAA, you've chosen to enter your PIN each time you log on to online account.
You currently have a standard security level. This means that if you use a computer or device that's not recognized by USAA, you'll need your update your Online Account Access By Clicking Link blew: https://www.usaa.com/inet/ ent_utils/McStaticPages? key=security_center&SearchRanking=3 &SearchLinkPhrase=security %20center&EID=105070-0213_foot
No action is necessary unless this activity occurred without your knowledge or permission. Please call 1-800-759-8722 to report unauthorized changes.
Safeguarding your information is a priority for USAA. Find out how we protect you by visiting our Security Center. We value your business and the opportunity to serve all your financial needs.
The fake website: "rinencreort.net," whihc the link in the phishing email message will take the potential victims to, was created to look exactly like the legitimate USAA website, to trick potential victims of this phishing scam into entering their USAA banking sign-in or login information on it, thinking that they are on the legitimate USAA website located at www.usaa.com. If potential victims enter their banking credentials on this bogus website, it will be sent to the scammers behind the fake website. With their banking credentials, the cybercriminals will be able to gain access to their USAA accounts.
Victims of the phishing scam are asked to change their USAA password now and contact USAA immediately.
The USAA phishing scam is similar to "Upgrade Your USAA Account”.
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