I got a notification from Chase Manhattan today. Funny thing is, I don’t HAVE an account with these folks. And yet, I got in my secondary email account. I KNOW there’s no account under the name of Reluctant Atheist: I’ve never done that.
I’ve developed a new way of dealing with these scheistkopfs: I log in, but not under any real name. Just to mess with them.
They’re getting better, BTW, so best to be careful: just recently, I was able to discern that the email I got from Amazon, when you hold the cursor over it, what shows in the bottom left hand corner is an IP address (you know, 22.214.171.1248, or somethin’ like that).
This one from Chase was excellent. http://www.chase.com.ch-ht.com/account.php showed up, it all looked real.
So I logged in:
Guess what? It let me in. What a surprise.
Prompted me for an ssn, credit card no., the whole works.
I put my mother’s name down as Eva Braun, my ssn was 666-66-6666, credit card #, all 6’s, etc.
So my advice to my readers: when you get this nonsense in your email (I located it in my secondary email account, you know, if you don’t have an Ebay account, and are being told it’s in danger of expiring), always try logging in with a fake name and password. If you CAN get in, hey, have some fun with it. Tell them your mom’s maiden name is Minnie Mouse, etc.
And always clean out your browser’s cache, afterwards. Just to be safe. Deep-six everything. I even rebooted (I’m on Winbloze), just to be safe.
Maybe if enough of us do this little dance, it’ll cut down on what I call the rape-mail. I doubt it, but one can only hope.
So, have fun