The Embarrassing Anatomy of a Phishing Scam

What's Hot


How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2017Family

8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon PrimeSave

8 Creative Ways to Clear ClutterAround The House

Study: People Who Curse Are More HonestFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and FamilyBorrow

6 Reasons Why Savers Are Sexier Than SpendersCredit & Debt

Resolutions 2017: Save More Money Using 5 Simple TricksCredit & Debt

Porta-Potties for Presidential Inauguration Cause a StinkFamily

Protecting Trump Will Cost Taxpayers $35 MillionFamily

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your KidsFamily

5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Pay Off 10 Years From NowCollege

10 Tasty Alcohol-Free Drinks That Adults Will LoveFamily

10 Simple Money Moves to Make Before the New YearFamily

Could Your Pet Benefit From Marijuana-Laced Treats?Family

You may be too sophisticated to fall for phishing scams, but many aren't. Check out this post and forward it to anyone you think could be vulnerable.

This post comes from Len Penzo at partner site LenPenzo.com.

You’ve got to hand it to scam artists. They often succeed in spite of themselves.

If I had a nickel for every time I retrieved a message from my inbox warning me that my PayPal account has been limited, or that my credit card has been suspended, well, I’d have at least $100 bucks in my pocket right now.

Don’t scoff. That’s 2,000 nickels!

This afternoon it happened again. I got an “urgent” email from VISA and MasterCard — apparently they are now one company — to tell me that my credit card was suspended.

By the way, they didn’t identify whether they were referring to my VISA card or my MasterCard, but why worry about important details like that?

Of course, they wanted me to supply them with all my critical credit information, including my credit card number, mother’s maiden name, Social Security number, security code, pin number, and password.

So I gave it to them.

Just kidding.

It would be funny, if only it weren’t so sinister.

Which is why I thought I’d take a moment to point out just how lazy these thieves usually are when it comes to trying to make a quick buck, by showing you a screenshot from the aforementioned phishing scam that hit my inbox today.

The good news is the scammers’ laziness usually provides most folks with enough obvious clues to realize that something is probably amiss.

True, there are a few cyber criminals out there who make their phishing attempts much more professional, but if you stay vigilant it’s tough to get fooled. Remember, credit card companies and banks will typically never send you an email message that requests your personal information.

And folks, if you ever have any doubts about the veracity of any message in your inbox regarding your credit or debit cards, call your bank or credit card company directly.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: How the Trump Tax Plan Will Affect You

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,842 more deals!