Dodgy Visa security message

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by John Rampling, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. I received an email inviting me to verify my Visa card. The address given
    was
    http://www.usa.visa.com/personal/secure_with_visa/index.html?it=h1_/index.html
    but interestingly the entire email was a JPEG image without any text at all.

    I felt a bit suspicious that I was invited to contact a USA site when I do
    not live in the USA.

    I assume the email was part of a scam but I don't want to try it to find
    out. Anyone had something similar?

    John
    (sorry if this is the wrong NG for this kind of question)
    John Rampling, Sep 13, 2004
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  2. John Rampling

    Drifter Guest

    On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 09:14:34 GMT, "John Rampling"
    <> wrote:

    >I received an email inviting me to verify my Visa card. The address given
    >was
    >
    >but interestingly the entire email was a JPEG image without any text at all.
    >
    >I felt a bit suspicious that I was invited to contact a USA site when I do
    >not live in the USA.
    >
    >I assume the email was part of a scam but I don't want to try it to find
    >out. Anyone had something similar?
    >
    >John
    >(sorry if this is the wrong NG for this kind of question)
    >


    go to Google and search the term phishing


    Drifter
    "I've been here, I've been there..."
    Drifter, Sep 13, 2004
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  3. John Rampling

    Sirius Guest

    John Rampling wrote:
    > I received an email inviting me to verify my Visa card. The address given
    > was
    > http://www.usa.visa.com/personal/secure_with_visa/index.html?it=h1_/index.html
    > but interestingly the entire email was a JPEG image without any text at all.
    >
    > I felt a bit suspicious that I was invited to contact a USA site when I do
    > not live in the USA.
    >
    > I assume the email was part of a scam but I don't want to try it to find
    > out. Anyone had something similar?
    >
    > John
    > (sorry if this is the wrong NG for this kind of question)
    >
    >


    Yes I got one.

    <HTML><HEAD> <META http-equiv=3DContent-Type
    content=3D"text/html; charset=3Diso-8859-1"> <META
    content=3D"MSHTML 6.00.2800.1458" name=3DGENERATOR>
    <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=3D#ffffff>
    <DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><A
    href=3D"http://cemagik.net/personal/secure_with_visa/userid=3D4Rf3f3j76h5h=
    GR34/index.html"><IMG alt=3D"" hspace=3D0
    src=3D"http://cemagik.net/personal/secure_with_visa/userid=3D4Rf3f3j76h5hG=
    R34/email.JPG" align=3Dbaseline
    border=3D0></A></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

    When it loads clicking anywhere on the image (which is unconvincing text
    warning that your visa card will become unusable online in 48 hrs unless
    you "authenticate" by clicking on their link) Clicking directs not to
    the visa site shown but to
    http://cemagik.net/personal/secure_with_visa/userid=4Rf3f3j76h5hGR34/index.html
    where they ask for card details.

    I doubt if going to their site does any harm - as long as you enter
    false details to waste their time.
    Sirius, Sep 13, 2004
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  4. John Rampling wrote:

    > I received an email inviting me to verify my Visa card. The address given
    > was
    > http://www.usa.visa.com/personal/secure_with_visa/index.html?it=h1_/index.html
    > but interestingly the entire email was a JPEG image without any text at all.
    >
    > I felt a bit suspicious that I was invited to contact a USA site when I do
    > not live in the USA.
    >
    > I assume the email was part of a scam but I don't want to try it to find
    > out. Anyone had something similar?
    >
    > John
    > (sorry if this is the wrong NG for this kind of question)


    VISA would never do that. It is up to the card company if there is a
    problem. By card company I mean your bank, Capital One, MBMA etc.

    VISA and MasterCard simply run the networks they use.

    It's like the Internet in a way. Your ISP (AOL, BT, Wanadoo, Tiscali
    etc) is your "card provider". They provide the service, the gateway to
    the websites etc. VISA or MasterCard would be like Cisco who own/operate
    a large amount of the underlying "backbone" between all the ISPs in the
    EU and USA.

    If there was a problem such as your password going wrong, you contact
    your ISP,not Cisco. Same with credit cards. VISA, MasterCard, AMEX etc
    should not be contacted by the customer. I work for a credit card
    company and as far as I know, there is no "public relations" or
    "customer serivce" telephoen number for VISA, only an address for
    customers to write to if there is a serious serious problem. I've never
    had to give the address out and I don't know anyone who has.

    HTH.
    Weyoun the Dancing Borg, Sep 13, 2004
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  5. John Rampling

    Chet Guest

    I got the same thing trying to verify my CitiBank account info. I don't
    have and never did have a City account. I forwarded the mail to the
    CityBank fraud reporting address.
    "John Rampling" <> wrote in message
    news:_xd1d.131$...
    > I received an email inviting me to verify my Visa card. The address given
    > was
    >

    http://www.usa.visa.com/personal/secure_with_visa/index.html?it=h1_/index.html
    > but interestingly the entire email was a JPEG image without any text at

    all.
    >
    > I felt a bit suspicious that I was invited to contact a USA site when I do
    > not live in the USA.
    >
    > I assume the email was part of a scam but I don't want to try it to find
    > out. Anyone had something similar?
    >
    > John
    > (sorry if this is the wrong NG for this kind of question)
    >
    >
    Chet, Sep 13, 2004
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  6. John Rampling

    Sirius Guest

    Weyoun the Dancing Borg wrote:
    > and as far as I know, there is no "public relations" or
    > "customer serivce" telephoen number for VISA,



    It sounds like you don't work for Barclaycard Visa - who do provide a CS
    phone number.
    Sirius, Sep 14, 2004
    #6
  7. John Rampling

    Robert Baer Guest

    Sirius wrote:
    >
    > Weyoun the Dancing Borg wrote:
    > > and as far as I know, there is no "public relations" or
    > > "customer serivce" telephoen number for VISA,

    >
    > It sounds like you don't work for Barclaycard Visa - who do provide a CS
    > phone number.


    You did not read what he said; that phone number that you refer to is
    *Barclay*, NOT Visa.
    Robert Baer, Sep 15, 2004
    #7
  8. John Rampling

    Sirius Guest

    Robert Baer wrote:
    > Sirius wrote:
    >
    >>Weyoun the Dancing Borg wrote:
    >>
    >>>and as far as I know, there is no "public relations" or
    >>>"customer serivce" telephoen number for VISA,

    >>
    >>It sounds like you don't work for Barclaycard Visa - who do provide a CS
    >>phone number.

    >
    >
    > You did not read what he said; that phone number that you refer to is
    > *Barclay*, NOT Visa.



    Well I posted first, then re-ead what he said, then cancelled my message
    - but not soon enough it seems :-(
    Sirius, Sep 15, 2004
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