An e-mail nearly gave me a heart attack this morning. It was from my bank– JP Morgan Chase, or it appeared to be from my financial institution. The logo was embedded within the e-mail. The correspondence certainly looked authentic–
Your account has been suspended. Suspicious activity. Click here.
I immediately dialed 1-800-935-9935 and pressed 0 to speak with a representative.
“I will have to transfer you to our on-line banking department,” a representative assured. “Mr. Taylor, I see you don’t have a savings account with Chase Bank, would you like to open one?”
“No thank you. I need to speak to your on-line banking department. Please transfer me.”
“One moment please.”
“Hi Mr. Taylor. This is Cindy. How may I help you?”
I read her the context of the e-mail which included details as to why my account was going to be suspended.
“I says here I need to respond immediately, or my account will be frozen.”
“That’s spam Mr. Taylor.”
“Yes. They are really getting good at it.”
“What do you mean?”
“On-line theft is skyrocketing.”
“Well, thanks then,” I said before hanging up.
“One moment, Mr. Taylor. I see you don’t have a savings account with Chase.”
“You must be joking,” I replied. “Didn’t the Federal Government just loan you 30 Billion Dollars? Why are you spamming me too? Do you know how many times I’ve had my account frozen? I’m not interested. Stop sending me e-mails you fucking whores!”