Phishing Scam - "Unusual Activity in your American Express Account"
March 27, 2015
The email message below: "American Express," is a phishing scam. The email message was sent by cyber-criminals in an attempt to trick American Express customers into visiting a phishing website, created to steal their account credentials, personal and financial information. If you have received the email message, please do not follow the instructions in it, and remember never click on a link in an email message to sign into your online accounts.
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The Fake and Phishing American Express Email Message
We are writing to you because we need to speak with you regarding a security concern on your American Express. Our records indicate that you recently used your American Express card on March 25, 2015.
For your security, new charges on the accounts listed above may be declined. If applicable, you should advise any Additional Card Member(s) on your account that their new charges may also be declined.
To secure your account , please click log on to : <link removed>
Your prompt response regarding this matter is appreciated.
Again, it is recommended that American Express customers should never click on a link in an email message to sign into their accounts.instead, they should go directly to American Express's website at https://www.americanexpress.com/ and sign in from there.
Recipients of the phishing email message who followed the instructions in it, are advised to change your American Express password immediately.
Although the abovementioned advise will help protect American Express or other online banking customers, there is a hacking technique called “Man-in-Middle” attack, which cyber-criminals can use to harvest financial, personal or other information that they will need to rip off their victims.
To prevent the “Man-in-Middle” attack, it is recommended that online banking users never use a public computer or Wi-Fi connection, which are usually located at cybercafes, airports or hotels, to sign into their online banking accounts. They should instead use trusted internet connections like their home, work or mobile phone data internet connections.
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