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Discover Bank Caught as a Victim of Phishing E-mail Campaign

A new phishing email campaign supposing to be from Discover - one of the most popular direct banks from the US, is presently making rounds on the internet and targeting innocent Internauts, published softpedia.com on August 23, 2012.

The phishing email's opens with the subject related to confirming the reference of the card statement being offered in the Account Center on Discover.com. It further acclaims that without any paper-based statements, the card holder is preventing their account and the environment to view the statement. It also motivates the holder through enticements like the privilege of viewing detailed rewards activity, solve your transactions, look additional transaction details, dispute a charge and more on account activity".

The email also reveals that the account summary ending August 20, 2012, statement balance $ 258.06, credit line available $13,926.00, minimum payment due $84.00, and payment due September 18, 2012".

Cybercriminals desires to provoke a sense of urgency and establish the victim to quickly click on the link and enter his/his username and password without giving it much thought.

Clicking on the link however, takes the victims straight to the authentic discover bank website. Thus, victims remain ignorant of submitting the information on a fraudulent website, thereby providing the security of their account and exposing them to the risk of uniqueness theft, bank officials analyzing the ongoing scam comment.

This bogus website contains all the information, including the internet banking login details (like username and password asked in the above case) can be gathered by scammers. This information can then be utilized to obtain the victim's real bank account, where the scammers can utilize funds in the account as they witness fit and commit other fraud activity in the name of the account holder.

Differentiating it from other recent phishing scam email, officials at the bank claim that discover will never request that you will send sensitive information (username and password) through email. Hence, be cautious of any request for personal information via emails.

If you suppose that your individuality or financial information is being utilized fraudulently, call discover bank urgently at its hotline number. As soon as you contact, the better are the probability of catching the culprit and of reducing the damage, concluded the officials of bank with this suggestion.

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