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    Careful -Fidelity account phishing email

    Just got this this afternoon. Clearly a scam. Be aware. If you get this, don't click on any links.

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    Brian

    "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger or more complicated...it takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - E.F. Schumacher

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    Why do you think it's phony? The grammar looks prefect, they even spalled all the werds rite.
    Seriously and sadly some will fall for it.

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    I have all my financial accounts on double verification; in other words, I log in, they send a code to my cell phone, then I insert that code. For Fidelity, they require me to telephone in and speak to a human. I like Fidelity.
    Regards,

    Tom

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    I got a follow up today from the Fidelity scammers. Guess I'm popular!

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    Brian

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    Geez, that is an official looking email. I have several Fidelity accounts, I would certainly be concerned for a few minutes after receiving that. These scammers are good. I received a scam call the other day that said our Amazon account had been hacked and locked. I can certainly see how the elderly (and others) are vulnerable to these.

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    Except for the poor grammar. But yes, I can see how some elderly would fall for it. I'm 72, and I think I can spot a scam in seconds but who knows in ten fifteen years?

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    I fell for something like that for my gmail account and entered my password. 30 seconds later I realized what a stupid thing I did and changed my password.
    5 years later I got about 100 emails saying they had hacked my computer, and as proof they showed me my old password.
    The threats were various, but mainly centered around sending everyone in my contact list images of me watching pornography they took through my webcam.
    Which would have been a good trick since I don't watch pornography or have a webcam.

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    My mother put all her finances in a trust sometime in her 70ís. Her trust officer reviewed every check she wrote before it cleared and would have bounced suspicious ones. Of course, those were simpler days. But worked out well for my mom for 30 years. I will probably do something similar someday. Until then, I never log into anything using an emailed link.

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    "User ID has been exceeded". I guess that means you have been exceedingly good. Thanks for the chuckle.
    Bill D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    "User ID has been exceeded". I guess that means you have been exceedingly good. Thanks for the chuckle.
    Bill D.
    Isn't that spectacularly stupid?? Before I retired our company was sending the periodic phishing tests to employees. Every time I told myself that no scammer would actually put a message out like that. Well, I stand corrected.
    Brian

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    I have a Fidelity credit card that I never use. I also have a bank card I never use.

    I carry enough cash that allows me to buy gasoline from the service station for my truck.
    I give the attendant $20 and have him put it on the pump.

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