EMAIL SCAM ALERT: Local residents receive email scams

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New Haven, Mo - Friday afternoon we spoke with Assistant Police Chief, Dan Terry, regarding an email he had received.  In the email the sender was requesting his user name and password to confirm his email account.

Below is a copy of the email Terry received.


From: System Administrator
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 12:47 PM Subject: Revalidate Your Web-Email Account

This is to inform you that we are of current plan to upgrade our (WEBMAIL ) Account and You have to confirm and upgrade your account by replying to this email with your Username (*****) and Password(*****) for confirmation of account.

Thank you for using WEBMAIL

Terry said he contacted Fidelity and they confirmed it was a scam.  There has also been another email scam occurring as well.

Apparently, an email is sent to friends and family members saying that “your in jail and need money sent to be bailed out”.  This email was reportedly sent to a local resident.

If you receive a similar email as mentioned above and/or worried an email may be true, contact your service provider for advice.

The best way to prevent from falling into an email scam is use common sense.  If it does not seem right then most likely it’s not right.

Do not send personal information through email, such as social security number, bank account numbers, or anything you would not want a criminal to know.

Click here to learn more about ways about protecting yourself from online scams, viruses, and more at the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.