Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Searching for IM Phisher II: They're Biting!

Shit. This thing is really getting out of control.

I just got my third IM phishing attempt in the last month. It's really sad to see that people are so trusting that they will click a link and proceed to give away vital private info. Didn't you guys read my previous post?

IM Phishing Blog Post

On Monday, I got a call from Adelphia, my local cable company. They told me there was some problem with my auto-billing.

"If you'd like, I can take your credit card info over the phone and we can settle this right now."

I told her, "No, that's OK, I'll just log in to your web site and take care of it myself."

You should NEVER give away private information to a person who initiates communication. It is OK to call your bank and give them the last 4 digits of your SSN, but if some Jack Ass calls you and tells you he works for your bank, why the fuck would you believe him? Just tell him you'll call him back and then call the number published on their web site (make sure you type in the URL yourself!).

It turns out that the Adelphia billing issue was legit and that Adelphia's auto-billing system is a piece of crap. But you should still be skeptical of jerk-offs who call you, email you, IM you, or walk up to your front door and ask for your family jewels.

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