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Wellsfargo Customers Upgrade 2009

This lame “phishing” attempt (to steal my banking ‘identity’) was delivered via e-mail at two in the morning – a clue. How many other clues can you spot?

Dear Wellsfargo Customers Upgrade 2009

Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of the wellsfargo account we have issued this warning message.

It has come to our attention that your wellsfargo account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account in this year 2009 and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

Once you have updated your account records your wellsfargo account service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

To update your wellsfargo records click on the following link:

Thank You.

Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, wellsfargo will periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements.

Visit our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have any questions.

Folks, I try pretty hard to be an optimistic guy; and so I would like to think that not one single person would click on a link in an e-mail they weren’t expecting and didn’t ask for; that everyone knows to look for “https://” (“s” for “secure”) in logon URLs; understand that there are full-time criminals and frauds on the Internet (and no police) and so use a “paranoid common sense” when online… I’m even so optimistic that I hope that everyone has heard of “phishing“.

I’d like to think that this clown wasted their time infecting people’s computers with mass-mailing scripts and sending this junk over the wires as not one single person would ever be *naive* enough click… not in this day and age.
But I’m pragmatic enough to understand P.T. Barnum’s quote.

Today’s free link/download: Hulu For You – No Matter Where You Live! This article by Bill Mullins describes using a hotspot privacy tool in a very smart and creative way.

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June 11, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, security, tech


  1. TechPaul,

    I love these “personal experience” emails that you use as examples to warn us of the threats that can occur in our email. This is definitely a great way to educate all users.




    Comment by Ramblinrick | June 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Ramblinrick,
      I have received some flack from readers when I post these samples… which I can understand. But others find them funny. Still others find them via “googling” (Yes. That is a word now) words from a letter they’ve received and aren’t sure about.

      I intend to keep posting them, and I appreciate your support.


      Comment by techpaul | June 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. It is interesting that you got one of these today. I actually got a very similar one that was trying to fake “Bank of America”. It is good that these are pointed out so no one falls for their trap.


    Comment by Dominic | June 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Dominic,
      Thank you for the words of support.

      Yes, you’re quite right: Wachovia, Wells Fargo, Chase, B of A, Pay Pal, etc., the criminals want access to free money (aka your money) wherever it is.

      Western Union, Fed Ex, UPS, eBay… they try all the “lures” hoping for a “bite”.


      Comment by techpaul | June 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. for some reason ,the last two weeks i have not been able to log on to the -giving my users name and password . i called wells fargo talked to a service rep. the lady was unable to help me fix my prob. she did say she would notify one of your tech,s and that they would be contacting me by phone to see if they could get me up and running. i was told to give them the case no.666666646, but no one has called me to help me get into my account. its been a good 4 days sence i talked to the lady for help. i’m sure you are not the correct person to contact. if you would please notify one on your tech’s to call me at 123-456-7890 so i can get back into my account. i would appreicate your help. thank you GLEN


    Comment by glen d | August 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Glen,
      I am a tech, yes. But I am not affiliated with Wells Fargo (or any other bank) in any way.

      What you have written concerns me. For instance, you should not have been told “we’ll call you back”, but your call should have been ‘escalated’ and/or transfered.
      I advise you to go down to your nearest Wells Fargo as soon as possible, and relate what you’ve told me to a real person face-to-face. Speak to the manager if you have to.

      Sometimes, login issues are due to a “bad cookie” (expired) being held by your browser. The first thing to try is clearing your cache. My how to for that is here.


      Comment by techpaul | August 2, 2009 | Reply

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