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Banking on your vulnerability

This news item expired April 9, 2005. It may contain out-of-date information.
Not the latest but one of the more prevalent scam/spam emails making the rounds appears to be from a bank”usually claiming to be from "your" bank. The message might note that the bank has a new security system, your account is expiring, or you need to update your information. What the various versions have in common is that they're NOT from a bank and are instead attempting to gather private information from you, which will undoubtedly not be used as privately as you'd want.

Be suspicious of any email asking for your bank account, pin number, Social Security number, card number, or other private information. The messages from "banks" can be very convincing (especially with branding from real financial services companies) but they're still spam and out to exploit you.