Monthly Archives: November 2016

USAA bank phishing scam email

This USAA bank phishing scam email looks very official, doesn’t it? Only the link and the slight misspellings and grammatical errors give it away as a fake.

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What scammers did with the link is quite clever. If you hover your mouse over the “Validate Your Account” link, you would see “usaa.com” in there twice. However, usaa.com is not in the right place. If you clicked the link, you would be taken to the web server shown below in red, not usaa.com. Tricky!

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There were several variants of this email. Scammers often change sender address, web link, or even organization name in order to avoid detection by email filters.