It seems that the spammers of the world are using the holiday season to gift the world over with more and more virus-ridden spam email. This morning in my spam filter, I found this little gem. It came to me and eight others in the company, which is the first tip-off that it's spam. Why would my credit card company tell everyone in the company about a potential problem? That's not right!
The one thing that the last few spam posts have had in common is that they all have a .zip file attached. That's the key. If there's a .zip file attached and you aren't 100% sure of it's origination DO NOT OPEN or download it. It's really that simple.
Here's the email I received, though I did edit out the recipient email addresses.
From: "American Express" <Allison_Ballard@americanexpress.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:09 AM
Subject: Recent Activity Report - Incident #F9MN6YNR
As part of our security measures, we deliver appropriate monitoring of transactions and customers to identify potentially unusual or suspicious activity and transactions in the American Express online system.
Please review the "Suspicious Activity Report" document attached to this email.
Your Cardmember information is included in the upper-right corner of this document to help you recognize this as a customer service e-mail from American Express. To learn more about e-mail security or report a suspicious e-mail, please visit us at http://www.americanexpress.com/phishing
Thank you for your Cardmembership.
Tier III Support
American Express Account Security
Fraud Prevention and Detection Network
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