Is This a Scam?

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Real Estate Agent with St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors

 Has anyone else received an email like this one?  I've received a few that have said the same thing, but they are from different lending institutions:

 

Dear Member,

You have 1 New Notification!

To Login, please click the link below:

www.xxxxxxx  (I don't think I should share the address.)

Copyright 2009 USF Credit Union. All rights reserved.

 

I have never even contacted any of these places in the past, so I think that they are not legitimate.

Have you experienced this?

Service you Expect from a Realtor you can Trust!

GRI, e-PRO

www.SelectMyHome.net  314-640-7061 (cell)   Prudential Alliance, REA LTORS   636-887-3554 (office)

Debi.Ernst@PrudentialAlliance.com

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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
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Yikes....don't open that! I get those all the time. If you think it might be from your bank, go and log-in as you would normally and not from that email. It is a scam...and give no personal information or account numbers over the internet....you can go to your back if necessary. They won't ask you on the web.

Apr 01, 2009 09:29 AM #1
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Yes we all have in my office.  Stay away!!

Apr 01, 2009 09:30 AM #2
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George Souto
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Debi, I have not gotten any of those, but as a rule I do not open any links that I am not familiar with who sent it to me.

Apr 01, 2009 09:34 AM #3
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TIM MONCRIEF
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
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If it looks like a skunk......and so on.  Never ever comment on an email or phone call from a bank.  If the phone call appears legitimate, go to your nearest bank for confirmation.  The latest scams are that someone has compromised your account with the following charges, and they will make up some charges and ask if you want them deleted.  They then ask you for your credit card number and social security number in order to delete the fake charges.  Now you are scammed and say bye bye to your bank account. 

Apr 01, 2009 11:54 AM #4
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
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Debi.. No, I haven't seen this one.  Like the others have mentioned, I would NOT open it.  Thanks for the heads up.  I'll pass this along to others too.

valerie osterhoudt

Apr 01, 2009 12:02 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Never open anything like that.  You can ruin your computer. 

Apr 01, 2009 01:19 PM #6
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
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They're phishing... don't click anything like that, especially when you know you don't have an account with them.

Apr 01, 2009 01:33 PM #7
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Debi - at the risk of repeating the previous comments, big time scam. There are more and more of them every day.

Apr 02, 2009 01:23 AM #8
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Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
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Debi --- happy to say that I have not gotten any of those, but I get plenty of others --- I never open an attachment or link unless I know what it is about.

Mama Liz's Signature

Apr 02, 2009 04:14 AM #9
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Karen, Anna, George, Tim, Valerie, Barbara, Donna, Mike and Liz - It looks like it's unanimous...Don't Open It!  

Thank you to all of you for stopping by...  :)

Apr 04, 2009 05:57 AM #10
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Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Classic example of phishing.  It is an attempt to steal account, credit card or personal data.  You will be sent to a log-in screen.  It will look like the actual bank site.  Agree with the advice, go or call your bank.  I see a bunch of these daily in my spam filter - credit unions, ebay, paypal and more.

Apr 12, 2009 10:01 AM #11
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Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

To learn more about phishing, take a look at http://www.sonicwall.com/phishing/index.html.  It shows real and fraudulent e-mails.  It then tells you what to look for to determine if an e-mail is legitimate or not.

Apr 12, 2009 07:00 PM #12
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Ryan - I'm glad that I deleted it...  Thank you for the link!  :)

Apr 14, 2009 08:13 AM #13
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