This email, which is supposedly from credit card provider Visa, claims that the company has detected problems regarding your credit card and needs you to “verify some informations’ before you can use the card again.
The email, which has the subject line”Important Information about your card”, claims that your card has been temporarily locked for your security. It includes logos for both Visa and rival card provider Mastercard.
However, the email is not from Visa or Mastercard and has no connection to either company.
Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your credit card numbers and other personal information.
If you click the “re-activate my card” button, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks you to fill in a verification form. The form asks for your name and address details, your contact details, your credit card numbers, and other identifying personal information.
After you submit the fake form, you may see a message claiming that you have successfully verified your account and unlocked your card.
But, the criminals who sent the scam email can now harvest the information you provided and use it to commit credit card fraud and steal your identity.
Phishing attacks like this are common. Be wary of any email that claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to verify your credit card details. Credit card providers such as Visa and Mastercard will not send you emails of this nature.
Always login to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app rather than by clicking an email link.
An example of the scam email:
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!