Feeds

Phishers bait hook with Verified by Visa scam

Bank of America hit with bogus claims

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Fraudsters have begun garnishing phishing emails with claims that punters need to respond in order to enrol in the Verified by Visa programme.

Verified by Visa is a legitimate service that adds an additional layer of security to online credit card transactions. Anyone using a card enrolled in the programme needs to use a password in order to complete a transaction.

ID thieves are constantly looking at ways of making scam emails more plausible, so it comes as no great surprise that the new Verified by Visa scheme has begun to appear as a topic in phishing emails.

"Your Bank of America card has been automatically enrolled in the Verified by Visa programme," one version of the scam email says, the Better Business Bureau reports.

"To ensure your Visa card's security, it is important that you protect your Visa card online with a personal password. Please take a moment, and activate for Verified by Visa now."

Links in the email go to bogus sites, under the control of hackers, where prospective marks are prompted to enter their credit card information. Bank of America has many customers, so the chance of hitting the inbox of a genuine customer, even allowing for the scatter-shot approach favoured by scammers, is much higher than it would be for a smaller bank. And Bank of America customers are, of course, more likely to fall for the ruse than those who aren’t.

The email ends with a threat that punters who fail to respond to the ruse might find their card temporarily disabled. Such threats are a "dead giveaway" that the emails are part of a scam, the Better Business Bureau adds. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't
We know what's good for you, because we made the mess says Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.