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Thread: HEADS UP: Fake Visa email

  1. #1
    Just Another Geek
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    Jul 2002
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    HEADS UP: Fake Visa email

    I received the following HTML email this morning:

    From: Visa International Service <security@visa-security.com>
    Subject: Visa Security Update
    Date: 23 Dec 2003 05:24:34 -0600


    Dear Customer,

    Our latest security system will help you to avoid possible fraud actions
    keep your investments in safety.

    Due to technical security update you have to reactivate your account

    Click on the link below to login to your updated Visa account.

    To log into your account, please visit the Visa Website at


    We respect your time and business.
    It's our pleasure to serve you.

    Please don't reply to this email. This e-mail was generated by a mail
    handling system.


    Copyright 1996-2003, Visa International Service Association. All rights
    The visa link inside the email points to:

    After the http://www.visa.com you'll find a familiar 0x01. It's the first email I've seen that actually makes use of this browser bug.
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    Master-Jedi-Pimps0r & Moderator thehorse13's Avatar
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    Washington D.C. area
    Yeah, this is all over BugTraq today too. Yet another XSS issue to deal with...

    Good catch.

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  3. #3
    Senior Member
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    And they have added the very classical false web site trap, also. Hidden in their endless link, you can find "@".

    This mail seems well written and well presented. It could make a lot of victims.
    Life is boring. Play NetHack... --more--

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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    United Kingdom: Bridlington
    Good heads up!

    The "English" is not quite "English", but it is a reasonable effort


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    They call me the Hunted foxyloxley's Avatar
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    As a question ? What would happen if I were to click the link in SirDice's message, and put some fake details into the relevant boxes, and NO I haven't been there.

    edit : by what would happen. I mean, would it class as a hack? or spam ? or what ?
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    Scam I think. The website has already been taken down. Clicking the link now brings you to a 404 Error, page not found. Basically when it was working, the person would forward the data you type in to a CGI script to collect the data that people type in, and they would access this data later to get account detail to steal money, etc... The page itself is at but all of the stuff before it is made to make is appear "real," but it is really just random data and doesn't/shouldn't do anything. On Internet Explorer, it would appear to be the site listed in front with the visa.com and user session data...

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