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January 09, 2007

Public Service Announcement

I received an e-mail today that read as follows:

"Bank of America online Suspension

In an effort to protect your Bank of America account security, we have suspended your account until such time that it can be safely restored by you.

We have taken this action because your Bank of America online account may have been compromised, Sometimes this happens when members respond to tropans,worms and other effected virus files. Although we cannot disclose our investigative procedures that led to this conclusion, Please note that we took this action in order to maintain the safety of your account.

To complete our activation process for your account restoring access,please click here:
https://sitekey.bankofamerica.com /sas/signon.do


Bank of America online Security Department.
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender
© 2006 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved."

There was a very official-looking BOA logo at the top. The subject line read "Verify Your Account Due To Inactivity." Even though my account had not been inactive for more than a day, I was curious about this because I was recently issued a new card with a new account number and wondered if something could have gone wrong when they switched my account over. I clicked on the link and was taken to this website: http://gina.miss-becky.net/.sys/bankofamerica/online_bofa_banking/e-online-banking/update.html. (I'm not suggesting you go there.) It was asking me questions about my online account even though I've never set up online banking with BOA. Then I noticed that the web address seemed a little off. Why would Bank of America's address begin with "gina.miss-becky.net"? So I called BOA and was told that many, many people send out e-mails with forms requesting lots of personal information so they can use your credit card information to rip you off. They said they would never send an e-mail out and would never request that information over the internet (which is kind of what I thought to begin with).

So anyhoo, I just thought I'd pass this info along. I can't imagine how many people actually do get scammed by stuff like this.

Posted by Stephanie at January 9, 2007 08:24 PM

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