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Thursday, July 06, 2006

20 Popular Phishing Scams

Earlier this year our friends at CastleCops and Sunbelt Software joined forces to create a grass-roots campaign to track Email phishing. The team of volunteers around the world is commonly called “PIRT”, the Phishing Incident Reporting and Termination Squad. Last week. Thanks for the folks working with PIRT a number of high volume sites have already been taken down.  Last week PIRT provide a list of the top 20 brands used to try and trick users into giving away information.

I think it’s safe to say you should be sceptical about any Email from the following brands on the May 2006 list.

  1. PayPal - 520
  2. eBay - 309
  3. Bank of America - 37
  4. Barclays - 36
  5. Wells Fargo - 36
  6. Chase - 33
  7. WAMU - 28
  8. HSBC - 20
  9. MasterCard - 18
  10. e-gold - 17
  11. Nationwide - 17
  12. Citi - 16
  13. BancorpSouth - 14
  14. Postbank.de - 12
  15. Halifax - 11
  16. NetBank - 11
  17. Laredo Nat'l Bank - 10
  18. Nat'l Australia Bank - 10
  19. Western Union - 10
  20. National Credit Union - 9

To learn more about PIRT click ( More Info )

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