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State Department-of-Labor Warns of Hoax Chase E-mails

US Department-of-Labor for state is cautioning beneficiaries of UI (Unemployment Insurance) for being vigilant about phishing e-mails posing as communication from Chase Bank, while soliciting personal and account information from them, thus published ctpost.com dated August 27, 2012.

Clearly, the said e-mails are part of a phishing campaign wherein cyber-criminals distribute e-mails having web-links and logos which are copies of an authentic entity to carry out fraudulent activities. It's already years that the scams are in existence.

Talking more about the latest phishing campaign, Spokeswoman Nancy Steffens for the Labor Department stated that the e-mails weren't merely confined to UI beneficiaries rather they aimed at anything that was associated with Chase. Blog.ctnews.com published this, 27th August, 2012.

Steffens further stated that the electronic messages falsely told recipients that Chase Bank was working for making its system up-to-date alternatively for confirming the identification details of the target user. However, when two UI beneficiaries complained of getting the e-mails, it became necessary for the department to issue the alert.

The department's concern stemmed from Chase's management of the Labor's UI benefits scheme wherein checks weren't any more issued under the scheme, rather beneficiaries required accepting a debit card that Chase Bank would issue alternatively, go for direct funds crediting.

Meanwhile, the bank as well takes care of the tax-reimbursement scheme of the state.

As per Steffens, the department hadn't got any clue of accounts getting hijacked. But clues that did exist suggested that the perpetrators responsible for the phishing messages had taken to bulk spamming across the area, while they hadn't acquired admission into the Department's or Chase's e-mail lists, she explained.

She said that Chase was attempting at finding out the specific spammer, validating that it and the department had talked about the hazard at length. Ctpost.com published this.

Bank officials advised recipients of the e-mail to instantly delete the message without clicking on its web-links.

Notably, in another similar phishing e-mail scam against Chase Bank customers, earlier during July 2010, recipients were warned of personal Internet account suspension until they validated their account and identification particulars through a given web-link.

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