As of today, all my blogs have been spammed by poker pushers… these include technohappymeal, etc.isthereason, theory.isthereason, and blog on blogs. While I have access to most of them in order to install spam comment blocker plug-ins (except blog on blogs where blacklisting doesn’t seem to be enough), it’s incredible how every “hole” on the fabric of the Internet is being exploited as a result of the dark side of human greed.
Just a few minutes ago, I received what I believe was a phishing email. Phishing is the art of email scamming where the con artist literally “fishes” with mass emails to grab pin numbers and other personal goodies off unwary Internet users. My fear is how convincing phish emails have become since the early days of PayPal scamming. Just look at how realistic this phish is below… wouldn’t you have been scammed?
The HSBC email. Looks legit right? BTW: I do get my statements online now.
The email link to the HSBC site… looks peachy right?
Looking at the source code for the email’s link reveals a strange IP address!
For fun, filling in a fake username and password reveals this scary page! No. 1 rule of online transaction is to never ask for this level of personal information. See the same strange IP address, misspelling of “Step 1”, request for social security and PIN number!?! YEAH RIGHT BUDDY!
Just where does that IP address lead to originally? In the words of Neo… “Whoa.”
Phishing is on the rise! Be wary!