UPDATE ON PHISHING SCAMS
last updated 6/21/05
The email below was sent to some BoatUS Classified Ads customers. It is fraudulent, did not come from BoatUS, and it is an example of phishing. Phishing scams use 'spoofed' e-mails and fraudulent websites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames and passwords, social security numbers, etc. By hijacking the trusted brands of well-known banks, online retailers and credit card companies, phishers are able to convince up to 5% of recipients to respond to them.
BoatUS will never send you an email requesting your login information
(username or password), and BoatUS Classified Ads does not provide an
email reply account for our customers. BoatUS
does not store credit card information with a customer's user account.
This makes it impossible for scammers to steal credit numbers from our
site. We have contacted our Information Technology department
and the Anti-Phishing Working Group to address the problem, and are also
working on a way to offer greater protection against phishing to email
addresses provided in ads on the BoatUS Classified Ads website.
here to find out more information on phishing scams from the US Federal
Trade Commission and steps to take to avoid them.
Please let us know if you have received this email. And if you have any
questions regarding your BoatUS Classified Ads account, please contact
Sarah Doelp at 800-395-2628, or email at SDoelp@boatus.com.
Please note that a legitimate email from any business would never request your password. Also, if you type in your password and you can actually see the letters & numbers you type, then it is not secure.
EXAMPLE OF A SCAM E-MAIL: