Saturday, January 27, 2007

New Version of an Old Scam

I haven't seen this one before. Today the "Card Services for Credit Union Inc. Survey Department" informed me that they'll give me a $50 credit to my account if I take a survey:


You have been chosen by the Card Services for Credit Union Inc. Survey Department to take part in our quick and easy 5 question survey. In return we will credit $50.00 to your account, just for your time!

With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand the online services.

The information you provide us is all non-sensitive and anonymous. No part of it is handed down to any third party groups. It will be stored in our secure database while we process the results of this nationwide reward survey.

We kindly ask you to spare two minutes of your time in taking part with this unique offer!

Please note: Card Services for Credit Union Inc. will never ask you for your PIN via e-mail or phone

Click the link below and fill in the form on the following page to complete the Reward Survey process.

(Link deleted)

Of course, when you do go to the link (for which I used lynx, which deletes all cookies on exit), the "non-sensitive information" they ask you for your account number, the last six social security number (meaning they only have to try 1000 variants) and a credit or debit card number (including those 3 digits) on the back, so they can "credit $50 to your account."

Needless to say, Google turns up no mention of "Card Services for Credit Union Inc.", and the link they provide goes off to an unregistered IP address.

A classic phishing scam, with $50 for bait. Be warned.