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3/4/2013 5:59:00 AM
Phisher dangles bait, but Kingmanite doesn't bite
Phony bank email wanted way too much information, Reiman says

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - For cyber criminals, every day is a good day to go phishing.

Jerry Reiman refused to take the bait.

The Kingman resident grew suspicious when he received an email, purportedly from Chase Bank, telling him he needed to confirm his banking information after the bank upgraded its online security protocols.

The email sender said Chase needed his account user identification and passwords, his email address password and his bankcard and Social Security numbers, as well as his physical address and other personal information.

"That was too much information," he said. "I've been bit before, so I called Chase and they told me it was a scam."

Phishing is a form of email fraud that remains a threat people need to be wary of. Criminals create websites that are similar to an actual company's site and "phish" for information.

According to the JP Morgan website, the number of victims is on the rise.

JP Morgan-Chase - and other U.S. banks, for that matter - doesn't ask for personal information online.

According to the bank's website, Chase never requires customers to provide personal information in an email, threatens to close accounts if that information is not provided or ask for user IDs or passwords.

Reiman said he wants people in Kingman to be aware of the scams, because once a criminal "phishes" your information, he or she can deplete your bank accounts and steal your identity.

"I wanted to warn people of this," Reiman said, "especially people who are gullible. It happens."

And it's happening more and more, according to Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter, and in many variations.

"Scams are rampant right now," said Carter. "They're presented in many flavors, door-to-door, telephone, postal service and the Internet."

A Golden Valley resident recently brought in a letter purportedly sent by Publisher's Clearinghouse. It advised the recipient they had won $325 million.

The catch was obvious: The resident would have to send a couple hundred dollars to have the funds released.

"That's one of those common ones," said Carter. "The one commonality is that they all want you to send them some money."

Carter said the sheriff takes reports from scam victims, but warns there is little an investigator could do.

"They usually send the money Western Union and it's extremely difficult to track," she said. "First thing, don't respond. Don't respond to letters, phone calls or emails. And remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Homey D Clown

WHAT?! A "news" "article" on email scams?! LAME!

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: bla bla

@ patty hertz

That scam was OBVIOUS. I have been on ebay for many years working transactions and i know for a fact ebay agents doesnt have people send them money through Western Union or any other means of sending funds for that matter. Actually ebay doesnt ask for funds that way. They usually just bill your credit card or bank account for funds you owe them on. Neither have i ever heard of many cases where sellers have the buyers send their payments through an instant money source, other than paypal, however, there HAS been ALOT of scams involving paypal as well but those are also obvious for those that know the paypal system and how it operates.

Most email correspondence i get i dont even bother opening anyways... unless i know the sender in some way.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Well Now

Sorry but if you are falling for this stuff, you deserve to get phished. They are always so obvious.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: patty hertz

Banks should follow Ebays lead. Every message sent to you by ebay is backed up by a copy put in a messages folder in your account. Someone try to scam me into buying an item through ebay that I found on Craigs list. I received a message in my personal email that asked for information to close the deal using Western Union to an ebay agent. The message was a very good imitation of ebays. When I went to my account on ebay to confirm, there was no message back up. I knew right away it was a scam.

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