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FYI: Possible phishing email from TripAdvisor

Discussion in 'Travel agencies' started by AMA, May 13, 2017.

  1. AMA

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    I received an email purporting to be from TripAdvisor claiming my account has been "compromised" and telling me to click on a link to reset my password. I NEVER click on any of those links, but I did go directly to TRipAdvisor's website and changed my password there. The message didn't show up in my spam folder, just my regular email.

    The email looks reasonably legitimate (no spelling errors or bad grammar) but just use caution.
     
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  2. VoR61

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  3. Luc Terje

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    Unfortunately I receive, on average, one phishing attempt a week. Recently from Apple, but in the past year it's been CountryWide, NavyFederal, Citi, USBank, McGill U in Canada (ha!), NetFlix, and Wells. Of the above, I have accounts with one of these, and that's it.

    You get skilled at spotting the fake. I do my best to forward to the institution to the right e-mail for reporting. While I never click on the link they recommend, if you hover over the link, my laptop will show the real scam link address in the lower left corner of the screen.

    The spammers are getting more and more clever in the mimicking, but that means, unfortunately, there still is money to be had with these schemes.
     
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  4. jsn55

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    I get very few of these nasty things, but I make a point of avoiding YouTube and those kinds of sites, never follow any links posted publicly and using FaceBook sparingly only at the office with good security. I'm especially careful of emails from my 'friends', often deleting without opening and contacting the sender directly. It's annoying, but my personal and biz stuff is all on my big machine and the laptop, so I can't take any chances.
     
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    It looked very legitimate, but I searched TA for a way to report fraud/phishing, and couldn't find any means of doing so.
     
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    I've updated the link above that should allow you to report spam
     
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  7. Luc Terje

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    What I do is look on a Google search.

    Put in: "COMPANY NAME phishing reporting", and usually the results summary page will reveal e-mail address, without having to click the link.
     
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