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Beware of "American Express Card Validation" Phishing Scam

2018-02-08T23:29:21 -  +
Beware of "American Express Card Validation" Phishing Scam

The fake America Express email below, which claims the recipients' accounts require urgent validation, is just one of the many phishing scams created by cybercriminals to trick American Express customers into clicking on the link within it. The link goes to a phishing website (a fake American Express website) that steals online account credentials when visitors attempt to sign into it.

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American Express cardholders are asked never to click on a link in an email message to access to their accounts. They should instead, go directly to American Express website (www.americanexpress.com) and sign into their accounts from there. If there is something wrong or there is something that they need to with their accounts or cards, they will be notified after signing in.

The "American Express Verification" Phishing Scam

From: AMERlCAN EXPRESS

Sent: ‎Thursday‎, ‎February‎ ‎8‎, ‎2018 ‎10‎:‎12‎ ‎PM

DETECT

AMERICAN EXPRESS® VALIDATION CARD

Your American Express Card Account Requires an Urgent Validation.

Proceed to AMERICAN EXPRESS® Validation page.

You can also find the Secure Message Center by logging in to your account at American Express® Sign on Page.

then click "Manage Your Account" and select one of your Cards to see the link to the center.

This Validation Message Will be Accessible to you Within 7 days.

We Appreciate your Cardmembership With American Express®.

This is a customer service e-mail from American Express. To learn more about e-mail security or report a suspicious e-mail.

Contact Customer Service View Our Privacy Statement Add Us to Your Address Book

© 2018 American Express Company. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted: Aug 16, 2018 at 1:43 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Apopka, Florida, United States

    received a text message as follows and did not open. I do not have an account.

    "FRM:4H22Z1
    SUBJ:American Express
    MSG:MSG: Review document immediately. hxxp//americanexpqimohazaqhwbsd. salads.cricket"

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  • Posted: May 24, 2018 at 8:56 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Cape Coral, Florida, United States

    I just received this email today.

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  • Posted: Apr 17, 2018 at 6:05 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States

    I got an email looked just like American Express it was about account being locked do to unusual activity this morning. Instead of a link in the email it had a fillable html webform. In the form they asked for card number, security codes, mothers maiden name, experation date, place of birth and elementary school anything you would need to answer security questions for Amex. It come from americanexpress@americanexcpress.com notice the one extra letter

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  • Posted: Apr 10, 2018 at 10:20 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: American Express
    Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 2:14 AM
    Subject: About Your Account


    AMERICAN EXPRESS® CARD VALIDATION

    Your American Express Card Account Requires an Urgent Validation.

    Proceed to AMERICAN EXPRESS® Validation page.

    You can also find the Secure Message Center by logging in to your account at American Express® Sign on Page

    then click "Manage Your Account" and select one of your Cards to see the link to the center.

    This Validation Message Will be Accessible to you Within 7 days.

    We Appreciate your Cardmembership With American Express®.

    Contact Customer Service View Our Privacy Statement Add Us to Your Address Book

    This is a customer service e-mail from American Express. To learn more about e-mail security or report a suspicious e-mail, please visit us at americanexpress.com/fraudprotection. We kindly ask you not to reply to this e-mail but instead contact us securely via customer service.

    © 2018 American Express Company. All rights reserved."

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  • Posted: Mar 31, 2018 at 3:44 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

    Thank you for this. I received this exact message, and must admit this phishing scam is an especially valid-looking one. I'm thankful was able to verify my suspicions here. I reported it.

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  • Posted: Feb 28, 2018 at 1:50 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Subject: CARD DETECTED
    From: AMERlCAN EXPRESS
    Sent: 4:56pm, Saturday, February 24, 2018

    CARD DETECTED

    AMERICAN EXPRESS® CARD VALIDATION

    Your American Express Card Account Requires an Urgent Validation.

    Proceed to AMERICAN EXPRESS® Validation page.

    You can also find the Secure Message Center by logging in to your account at American Express® Sign on Page, then click "Manage Your Account" and select one of your Cards to see the link to the center.

    This Validation Message Will be Accessible to you Within 7 days.

    We Appreciate your Cardmembership With American Express®.

    Contact Customer Service

    This is a customer service e-mail from American Express.

    © 2018 American Express Company. All rights reserved."

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  • Posted: Feb 22, 2018 at 7:16 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Fairhope, Alabama, United States

    knew it was a scam, don’t even have Amex account but I am curious about something. Is it possible for the scammers to obtain any sensitive info by simply opening an email such as this? And what can happen if someone accidentally activates the link? Only asking because my mother is a little clumsy with her iPhone... wondering what advice I could give her were she to open a link without meaning to? Any input greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for offering these alerts!

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    • Posted: Feb 23, 2018 at 2:44 AM by info

      No, they cannot obtain your sensitive info by opening an email.

      What the cybercriminals want you to do is to click on the link, where you will be taken to a fake or phishing website. If you enter your info on the phishing website and submit it, it will be sent to the cybercriminals. That is how they can obtain your sensitive information.

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