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Phishing E-mails from America Express Attack Internauts Once Again

Security experts claim that American Express themed phishing emails from an unknown Legal Advisor of America Express are currently targeting innocent Internauts, as accords to news published by HELP NET SECURITY on July 24, 2013.

Notably, American Express known as AmEX is an American multinational financial services corporation based in US.

The latest email entitled "America Express Online Security Service Notification" greets recipient as "DEAR VALUED CUSTOMER". It tells them (recipients) that updating of their online banking account has carried out to ensure safe online banking.

The email asks them to click on a link to verify their access.

However, the email tells the recipient that failure to stick to the directions given in the email may affect their e-banking access in the future.

However, the email is not from American Express and it is a phishing email launched by notorious cybercriminals.

The link, if clicked, will take victims to a webpage bearing the AmEx logo and an online form wherein victims are anticipated to enter complete personal as well as financial details that comprises not only their name, date of birth (DOB), complete address, but also their card number, AmEx user ID and password in addition to their email address & password.

Once victims have completed the form and clicked the "Submit" button, they will be taken to the real American Express website.

Meanwhile, the criminals running the phishing attack can use the stolen information to commit credit card fraud and can hijack American Express accounts of victims. Experts analyzing the campaign state that cyber crooks can take control of email accounts of victims and use them to launch further spam and scam campaigns.

American Express on its official website says that it will never send unwanted emails to its customers asking them for confidential details.

Moreover, it is not the first time that American Express is being targeted by online criminals. In December 2012, phishing emails entitled "Recent Activity Report" had been found claiming to be a notice from American Express. These emails had an attachment "Suspicious Activity Report" summarizing suspicious activity on credit card accounts of users.

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