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American Express ‘Unusual Activity’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, unusual activity on your American Express account has raised security concerns and you need to click a link to login and secure your account.

However, the email is certainly not from AmEx. It is a typical phishing scam designed to trick you into divulging your personal and financial information to cybercriminals. Clicking the link takes you to a fake website that ask you to provide your credit card details, contact details,and other personal information.

If you submit this information on the fake site, it can be collected by criminals and used to commit credit card fraud and identity theft.

If you receive this emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

You can learn much more about phishing scams and many other types of online and phone based security threats in our eBook Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft, Internet Scams & Phone Scams

This Kindle eBook, written and published by Brett & Deborah Christensen from Hoax-Slayer is available right now on Amazon.


EXAMPLE:

Dear Customer:We are writing to you because we need to speak with you regarding a security concern on your American Express. Our records indicate that you recently used your American Express card on March 25, 2015.
For your security, new charges on the accounts listed above may be declined. If applicable, you should advise any Additional Card Member(s) on your account that their new charges may also be declined.
To secure your account , please click log on to : [removed]

Your prompt response regarding this matter is appreciated.

Sincerely,

American Express


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer