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E-mail Scam Phishes on Andrew Johnson Bank Customers

Andrew Johnson Bank based in Greeneville has issued a warning to its customers that an e-mail scam purporting to be from the bank is circulating on the Internet, as reported by greenevillesun on June 13, 2008.

The bank warns that the e-mail, which pretends to connect to the Internet banking service of Andrew Johnson Bank, actually diverts customers onto a spoofed Website that requests to customers to answer an online survey, and through it, craftily solicits personal account details. The bank also says that it has not issued any such e-mail but could be phishing e-mail. The phishing is a technique used to fraudulently capture personal information through e-mails that send bogus links or drop malware to steal passwords and so on.

The current phishing e-mail relates to a request by the online department of Andrew Johnson Bank to the recipient to participate in a survey and answer five easy questions. It says that the bank would credit $ 20 to user's account for sparing his time. Furthermore, a Website hyperlink follows the message but in reality, it leads user onto a malicious site.

A phishing scam is crafted to look highly official and realistic. Most commonly, the technique applied by hackers is to tell the recipient that some problem with his account has been identified, and therefore he/she needs to verify his/her account details so that it is not suspended or closed.

However, the bank assured that it never solicits information from its customers via e-mail. Also, the bank's online banking service does not ask customers to disclose sensitive information like debit/credit card numbers, account numbers, PIN/ATM numbers, Social Security numbers, etc.

Phishers today are running hundreds of e-mail scams and bogus sites spoofing those of banking institutions or agencies of the government and asking for confidential information.

Moreover, these scammers are also getting craftier, using means like the net, mobile phones and new technology to trick people into parting from their money. The frauds that are most common happen online and such incidences are rocketing as is evident from UK cyber crime report that recorded more than 3 Million offenses in 2007.

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