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Author Topic: Why phishing won't go away  (Read 1203 times)

xtabber

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Why phishing won't go away
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:07:53 AM »
This is from the reply received in response to an email forwarded to the address Intuit provides to report phishing attempts.

Thank you for your recent message to the TurboTax Privacy Team.

We also thank you for reporting this e-mail to us as it is not legitimate. We are investigating now and will take action on it. We have the following support site article to help you understand phishing and what you can do to avoid it.

http://turbotax.com/support/go/-------    [case reference # removed]

When you suspect you are being phished :

1.    Do not click on a link in a suspicious email, but rather go to the company site and view the information. Even if a suspicious email is not requesting personal information, it may contain viruses that can retrieve personal information off of a computer.


You really have to wonder how Intuit's "Privacy Team" could be so clueless as to not notice the disconnect between the first paragraphs and the advice immediately following.

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Re: Why phishing won't go away
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 05:27:02 AM »
Another nice example - I did a search online and this appears to be legit -
and remember:
"for your security, you'll be asked for your password" ;-)

Screenshot - 2015-02-11 , 12_18_09.png

I marked it as spam and got an offer to unsubscribe as well - haven't seen that before (but think it's because it *is* from google).
Also had dubious mails from paypal in the last year, but no record of those right now.

Safer internet day - I can only laugh. Hollowly ;-)


May as well add the actual text:
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Derek Slater, Google <no-reply@takeaction.withgoogle.com>

[Name], did you know today is Safer Internet Day?

More than 100 countries around the globe are taking part in this daylong effort to raise awareness for smarter and safer Internet use.

We've talked a lot over the last year about the need for surveillance reform to ensure your stuff online gets the same protection as your stuff offline. But legal reform is just one piece of the puzzle — there are also things big and small that you can do to protect your security online.

So here are three things you can do to make your use of the Internet safer.

Protect your Google account. A strong password is only the beginning. Log in to your account now and update your security settings for better protection — it only takes a few minutes. [LINK] (For your security, you'll be asked for your password.)

Explore these 12 safety tips. There are lots of ways to keep your stuff safe online — at home, at work, or on the go. From stronger passwords to Safety Mode on YouTube, we've detailed 12 tips for you right here. [LINK] Explore them all and see what makes sense for you.

Share the tips with your family and friends. The more people know about how to protect their stuff, the more secure the Internet will be for all of us. Celebrate Safer Internet Day by sharing these tips with people you know, [LINK] and encourage them to do their part to stay safe online.

[Share LINKS]
  
Happy Safer Internet Day, [Name]. And thanks for doing your part.

Derek Slater
Google Inc.
Tom
« Last Edit: February 11, 2015, 05:43:05 AM by tomos, Reason: added text/quote »

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Re: Why phishing won't go away
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2015, 08:08:33 AM »
It is legitimate.  And they give you 2GB of extra storage on google drive (if you use such things) as a reward.  But not if you're using a business offering.

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Re: Why phishing won't go away
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2015, 11:26:27 AM »
It is legitimate.  And they give you 2GB of extra storage on google drive (if you use such things) as a reward.  But not if you're using a business offering.

Which only makes it twice as bad since they chose to use a basterdization of their own domain name...which is a key indicator that the thing is bogus.

That's as dumb as the local courthouse using short links in their "high security" Email and then complaining that the spam filter rejected them for it (yes that really happened).