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Multi-talented Phishers Don't Just Write Crappy Emails; They Build Crappy Banner Ads, Too

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For most people working closely with the internet, it's almost laughable to think somebody out there is still falling for schemes where a company is updating its databases and "needs" your username and password.

But apparently people still do. It happened to a friend and Adrants reader, whose Gmail account is now being used to send urgent messages demanding financial aid via wire transfer for her dire-straights "husband" in Nigeria. We were like, "What, she got married? And the guy's trapped in Africa? And he uses Western Union?!"

Thankfully there's help - like that promised by this banner ad, which claims it will check if your credit card has been compromised if you'll just tap your card number and expiry date into the boxes.

We're sure a couple hundred people fell for that one, too.

Written by Angela Natividad    Comments (6)     File: Bad, Online, Spoofs     Aug-19-07  

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Comments

I just entered my number and it turns out my card is not stolen. :-)

Posted by: Propaganda Minister on August 20, 2007 09:12 AM

I entered mine in last week and they said it wasn't stolen. Today I get a call from Visa saying there was some unusual activity as if it HAD been stolen. It's like these CardCheck people could predict the future!!!!! glad I signed up for the full package.

Posted by: Shane on August 20, 2007 09:58 AM

I entered mine in last week and they said it wasn't stolen. Today I get a call from Visa saying there was some unusual activity as if it HAD been stolen. It's like these CardCheck people could predict the future!!!!! glad I signed up for the full package.

Posted by: Shane on August 20, 2007 10:00 AM

LOL

Posted by: Angela on August 20, 2007 10:15 AM

Ha! Yer funny. :) The greed runs deep with some of these sites/networks/etc. -- maybe they should be held responsible for serving the ad, too. There should be some kind of monitoring for pete's sake (and the rest of the IQ-challenged set's sake too).

Posted by: hGirle on August 20, 2007 02:55 PM

"Your credit card data has been stolen. Like, right now. Thanks."

Posted by: Joe Black on August 28, 2007 08:07 AM

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