New Email Amex Scam – “Important: Personal Security Key”

Everyone be watching for this new scam. Users get an email with a subject line of ‘Important: Personal Security Key’. There’s a graphic with the text ‘Fraud Threats: How American Express Helps Protect You’ and some information and a request that you create a ‘Personal Security Key’. All this so that American Express can supposedly help protect you.

Of course, if you click on any of the links you’ll be taken to a bogus sight where the bad guys will try to trick you into entering your Amex card info and boom, the fraudulent charges will start rolling in.

The tip-off’s this is bogus? They are the same as usual:

  • Not personally addressed to the recipient
  • when you hover your mouse over the link for www.americanexpress.com you can see that the destination if clicked is an entirely different site (bullisfabrication.com on several of the messages we’ve seen)
  • Formatting on parts of the message are amateurish

Remind your users; stop, think!

 


 

Author: Glenn Mores

President & CEO MicroData