9th January 2004
Important Security &
text with one
genuine link and
which opens a fake
Earthlink web page
Spoofed Web page/site?
forged Earthlink web
page with web form
address, credit or
debit card and ATM
Web page/site origin
Identity Theft method
is captured by the
a fake password
Bank Email Scam
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Important Security & Fraud Alert From Earthlink.net - Email Scam
9th January 2004
This Earthlink Security & Fraud Alert email is
a very convincing scam ...
With the suggestion that someone has attempted unauthorised
access to your Earthlink account, together with the genuine Earthlink
graphics (called from their own servers), this represents a very convincing
The email includes a link
and a 'Continue' button (see image below). The first link to Earthlink
is a genuine one, but the 'Continue' button is not, and it will open
a forged Earthlink page with a spoofed
URL (web address shown in the
browser address bar). This means that your browser will display http://myaccount.earthlink.net in
the address bar, but the true URL of that forged Earthlink page is 126.96.36.199/
traces back to a Korean ISP. The email itself also shows Earthlink
Security Dept. as the sender,
but this has been coded with a rocketmail address - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of-course, Earthlink do not use rocketmail for their email.
All in all, the email and forged pages have been professionally composed
The forged page consists of a web form for you to
enter your Earthlink email address, Credit or Debit card number and ATM
PIN. The data entered and submitted is then captured using PHP script.
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Also, once the form is submitted another forged Earthlink page appears.
This is a password change form, which requests that you give your new
password. And then after that page, you will see a forged password
changed page. These two pages do not employ URL Spoofing and will show
the true URLs (http://188.8.131.52/password/change.htm and http://
you have received and fallen for this scam, you should immediately notify
Earthlink so that they can secure your account. Contact their 'Livechat'
support for an immediate response at http://support.earthlink.net/
If you have received this email, please remember
is very common for these email scams to be redistributed at a
later date with only slightly different content or the same but with the fake
page(s) hosted by a different provider. Also, once you have received one of
these hoaxes, it is also common place to receive at least another one
and usually a day or two after the first, although not necessarily from
the same apparent sender.
a good look at the following images, because this email scam may be coming
to an inbox near you!
The Email ...