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Total Information Awareness

Do people really fall for these? I mean seriously, read it.

Dear Valued Customer :

We are unable to active your account because we have upgraded our online service, we are sorry for that but you have to reactive your Bank Of America online bank account to be able to send and recive money online.Click here to continue, Security Bank Of America .

Your account might be place on restricted status. Restricted accounts continue to receive payments, but they are limited in their ability to send or withdraw funds. To lift up this restriction, you need to login into your account (with your username or SSN and your password), then you have to complete our verification process. You must confirm your credit card details and your billing information as well. All restricted accounts have their billing information unconfirmed, meaning that you may no longer send money from your account until you have reactive your billing information on file. Sign in to Online Banking
Thank You.

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darrelx April 9th, 2008
Well... BofA *does* market checking accounts and home mortgages to illegal aliens.

...and there's no use ignoring the sad state of the education level in this country lately. Wasn't there a movement a few years ago to make "Ebonics" an actual language course? Thank goodness that failed!

Yes, people do in fact fall for those scams... it only takes 1 in 10,000 to fall for it, and if you send out only 500,000 emails -- that translates to 50 suckers at a profit of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each.

matthigh April 9th, 2008
Yes, people really are *that* stupid. No one ever went poor by underestimating the stupidity of the general American public. Spelling/grammar errors and all.

All a scammer needs is for one in a thousand or one in ten thousand to reply back, and it is worthwhile for the scammer. And I think you can easily imagine, in a group of ten thousand people, at least one of those people stupid/ignorant/gullible enough to fall for a scam.

The reason why we all keep getting a flood of scam emails (the Nigerian scams, the lottery scams, banking/password/account verification scams, make yourself 'larger' product scams, etc) is because they *work*. Even after all these years, there are *still* enough people falling for these idiotic plots to keep doing it.

Yeah, there really are suckers born every minute. And if someone is so stooopid enough to fall for such as scam, I would easily imagine they are stooopid enough to tolerate the egregious spelling/grammar errors as well.

dustmeat April 9th, 2008
Grammar fail.

titanic April 9th, 2008
It would seem that a simple grammar check would increase the effctiveness of these spams a hundredfold. It was the obvious indicator to me - that and it didn't come from bankofamerica.com like the real emails do. They didn't even bother to fake that part.

elliedale9 April 15th, 2008
What pisses me off about this kind of stuff is that there are people out there who are totally willing to prey on the elderly, and others who aren't familiar with online protocol. :( Seriously, how heartless can you be?!

But yeah, it's also sad that there are people dumb enough to fall for this.

titanic April 16th, 2008
If it was correctly spelled and had proper grammar, I can see some people falling for it, but this falls in the "here speeching engrish" category. I mean,its REALLY obvious this didn't come from the bank!

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