Spoofed Web page/site?
Web page/site origin
Identity Theft method
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The forged web pages that you are presented with in this fake Earthlink web site include a web form for you to provide bank, credit or debit card, name, address, Earthlink User Name and password as well as your ATM PIN number. See images below.
If you submit that information, it is processed and captured by the scammers using a PHP script. Information that is captured in this kind of scam is commonly used to hijack the user's identification and use it to commit acts of fraud. The US Federal Trade Commission has reported that $60 Billion has been lost to Identity Theft in the last 5 years (in the US alone), and Gartner report that Identity Theft cases have swelled by 79% from June 2002 to 2003.
Another worrying statistic is the amount of recipients that actually fall for these scams. MailFrontier, for instance, have reported that over 40% of recipients were tricked into thinking that a recent Citibank Email Scam was genuine.
Take a good look at the following images, because this hoax email scam may be coming to an inbox near you!
If you have received this hoax email, please remember that it 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.
The Email ...
The fake web pages ...
using the link in the email should bring up a warning message about the invalid security certificate (so long as your browser security settings are set to check site certificates) ...
and erroneously accepting that certificate would bring you to the following fake Earthlink pages. Even though this page shows an address as https://www.earthlink.net, this is definitely not its true location!
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