Thursday, August 20, 2009

Phishing Emails

I got three phishing emails from the same place within minutes from "BMO" today.
Security & Privacy

We are committed to protecting you when you bank with us. Our banking services are designed with your security in mind.
As a part of our efforts to meet the requirements of the Financial Services Authority we now ask all Bank Of Montreal users to update their account information. It's a smart and simple way to add an additional layer of protection to your account.

Click On "NEXT" to update your account.

Clicking "NEXT" brings you to a login page that is actually hosted at Makuto Guesthouse, some hotel in Granada (Spain?). What awesome advertising for your business. If I ever go to Granada, there is no way I'm staying there... they'll most likely steal all your stuff while you're sleeping.

Sigh... I get some many of these phishing emails that I just delete them without even looking. When you stop and think about it though, these scumbags are trying to steal your money. It's no different than someone coming up to you and robbing you at knife/gunpoint.

1 comment:

Darryl said...

It is different... If someone tries to rob you at knife/gunpoint - you are faced with giving up your money or risking bodily harm.

If someone sends you a phishing email, you're not physically in any danger.

I'm not trying to justify it, btw - just saying there's a difference. Phishing is more of a con.
Still a crime, but they're not threatening your life.