Beware: fraud attempt against moneybookers users (phishing)

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I received the following email (in blue) which is clearly a phishing attempt (The URL you were sent to was different than the one displayed)
In computing, phishing is a criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out using email or an instant message, although phone contact has been used as well. Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, and technical measures.

Greetings from! We would like to inform you that you have received a payment from

Payment details 
Amount: USD 275.00
ID: 20505502
Subject: You must use the link below to accept the payment.
 Your money is waiting for you :

We hope you enjoy your cash.Use this link to accept the payment :
  Moneybookers Security Reminders 
Protect Your Password
Moneybookers and its representatives will NEVER ask you to reveal your password. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If anyone asks for your password by phone refuse and immediately report this to

Case Sensitive Login
Please remember your password is case-sensitive, at least 6 characters long and contains at least one number or non-alphabetic character such as '-'.

And here is the reply from Moneybookers:


Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for contacting our customer service.

We would like to confirm that this message was NOT sent by Moneybookers, and strongly advise you not to follow the instructions contained in this email.
Please be reminded that:

1. The Moneybookers official website is and any other URL should be considered false.
2. Moneybookers requires that you access your account ONLY using the login link on the Moneybookers homepage.
3. Moneybookers and its representatives will NEVER send you an email asking you to provide your login details within a form provided or to click on a hyperlink to access your account.
4. Always check whether you are accessing your moneybookers account from a secured conection (htppS:// - the 's' indicates the page is secured). Always check whether a 'padlock' is present in the bottom right-hand corner of your browser. Double click the padlock to verify that the security certificate is issued to
If you have already followed the link provided in the mail mentioned and entered your personal details, please be advised to immediately log into your moneybookers account (if you have one) and change your password.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email or phone.

Best regards,


Moneybookers Customer Support
« Last Edit: 24 Nov, 2006, 12:40:48 by wings »


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