A Sample of the "Capital One Security Alert" Phishing Scam
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: January 5, 2018 at 5:56:08 PM EST
Subject: Security Alert : 01-05-2018
Unusual credit card activity detected
We're letting you know that we've detected some unusual activity on your credit card on 01/03/2018. For your protection, please verify this activity so you can continue making credit card transactions without interruption.
Verify now After verifying your credit card, we'll take the necessary steps to protect your account from fraud. Please disregard this notice if you've already contacted us. Best regards,
Capital One customers who have received messages claiming that they need to do some activity on their accounts, such always go directly to https://www.capitalone.com/ and sign into their accounts. Once they have signed in, they will be notified of security updates, notifications and other important notifications, if there are any. So, there is no need to click on a link in an email message, which may go to phishing or malicious website.
Also, Capital One customers who have already been tricked by the phishing messages, are asked to change their passwords and contact Capital One immediately, before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently by cybercriminals.