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Chase Email Phishing Spam: Here We Go Again

July 9th, 2007

Poor spammers…even after several years of sending their spam and having ample opportunity to refine their messages, they STILL can’t get it right! A few days after receiving the last Chase email phishing scam attempt, they tried it again, this time with a different premise and message. Besides for the fact that I don’t even have an account with Chase, the obvious errors in English usage make this latest phishing attempt look especially pathetic:

Dear Chase-member,

You have received this email because you or someone had used your account from different locations.
For security purpose, we are required to open an investigation into this matter.

In order to safeguard your account, we require that you confirm your banking details.
To help speed up this process, please access the following link so we can complete the verification of
your Chase Online Banking Account registration information :
To get started:

* Log on to https://chaseonline.chase.com/chaseonline/logon/sso_logon.htm to access your account.
* Update and confirm your credit card information.
* If you see Terms and Conditions page ,that mean you Complate this verification.

Please Note:
If we do no receive the appropriate account verification within 48 hours, then we will assume this Chase Bank account is fraudulent and will be suspended. The purpose of this verification is to ensure that your bank account has not been fraudulently used and to combat the fraud from our community.

Cardmember Services

Frankly, I do not understand why these spammers never seem to have anyone who has a good command of English proofread their “ad copy” before sending these kinds of messages. Since their main objective is to make themselves appear legitimate so that they can collect login and credit card information from people, it seems logical that having clean copy would be a priority for them. Although I understand that the spammer philosophy emphasizes quantity over quality, the effects of having well-written spam messages could provide significant benefits. If their emails looked more believable, they might be able to improve their conversion rate from something like 0.01% to 0.02%, which could actually make a real difference in the bottom line when one considers the fact that they typically send out millions of spam mails. But then again, I suppose that spammers are not known for doing any serious amount of thinking.

One Response to “Chase Email Phishing Spam: Here We Go Again”

  1. comment number 1 by: Frequent reader

    Also many people receiving emails enticing them to respond to some form of greeting card from someone they know - beware! I wish all spammers were stupid - unfortunately, not all of them are.. scams are getting better…

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