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Scammers Target Chase Bank Accountholders with Phishing E-mail

A new e-mail scam is making the rounds on the Internet while targeting customers of Chase Bank (Missouri, U.S) warns Chase. Says the Bank that the e-mail, which is crafted to appear legitimate, in fact represents a phishing fraud.

Moreover, the e-mail, which allegedly states that Chase Bank is working towards a 'system upgrade,' makes an earnest request to its recipients to visit a given link and contribute to consumer detail confirmation.

However, on clicking the link, the user is taken onto a phishing website.

Negating reports about the phishing fraud, Chase Bank Spokesperson Christine Holevas said that the Bank's customer security of personal information was always their priority. Connectmidmissouri.com published this on April 14, 2009.

Holevas, who is sympathetic towards the anxious customers of the Bank, and while trying to keep the reputation of the institution intact, said that Chase Bank worked diligently to keep account information secured through the adoption of various security measures.

However, the Bank, which has posted an alert on its authorized website informs its customers that they must avoid replying to an uninvited e-mail that seeks the recipient to provide personal information while forebodes to suspend or close his account if he fails to do the same.

Chase, in fact, sates that customers should contact them right away if at any time they feel their Chase account is in danger. The Bank says that for any suspicious e-mail that a customer might receive, he could forward it to accountatrisk@chase.com. Thereafter, an automated reply would indicate that his e-mail had reached the Bank.

Meanwhile, besides dispatching phishing e-mails in the name of legitimate banks, scammers and phishers are trying every other method possible to lure innocent people onto fraudulent sites where they are made to reveal their financial and other personal details. Therefore, according to experts, people require to be familiarized with the distinction between genuine and fake or 'phishing' sites.

The current scam targeting Chase Bank, however, is not the only incident against it. During November 2008, reports appeared that a similar e-mail fraud targeted Chase asking customers to provide their latest bank account information.

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