Email Redirecting You to a Fake Website

This is another method, where you receive an email asking you to update your info. and it sends you to a fake website which collects/steals your login information and compromises your account. Beware of such schemes as financial institutions never ask you about such info. via email.

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Subject: Online Banking Alert

Date:  Sun, 30 Nov 2008 13:02:06 -0500

From: Capital One <>


To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

 Due to recent account takeovers and unauthorized listings, Capital One is requesting a new account verification procedure. From time to time, randomly selected accounts are placed under an advanced updating process based on merchant accounts / bank relations and on-file credit cards.

We would like to inform you that your Capital One account is currently locked. To unlock your account, you need to confirm your information on file with us by going to:

Capital One may also request scanned/faxed copies of your photo ID.

To speed up the verification process, please update your information within the next 24 hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you for using Capital One.


Important Information from Capital One

This e-mail contains information directly related to your account with us, other services to which you have subscribed, and/or any application you may have submitted.