The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 March 2006

Appealing to greed

Get $20 for completing our survey, said the subject line, and, well, I just had to look a little closer:

Dear Valued Customer,

You have been chosen by the Chase Bank online department to take part in our quick and easy 5 questions survey. In return we will credit $20.00 to your account — Just for your time!

Helping us better understand how our customers feel benefits everyone. With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand our online service. The information you provide us is all non-sensitive and anonymous — No part of it is handed down to any third party.

It will be stored in our secure database for maximum 7 days while we process the results of this nationwide survey.

We kindly ask you to spare two minutes of your time and take part in our survey.

To Continue click on the link below:

There follows a link in hex digits which doesn't go anywhere near JPMorgan Chase & Co.

But it's nice to know that the criminal element, even in the process of thinking up new ways to rip off the general public, is concerned about privacy issues. "No part of it is handed down to any third party," indeed.

Posted at 1:42 PM to Scams and Spams

If I'm not going to hand over my confidential information to some Nigerian widow for $25 million...

Posted by: McGehee at 2:39 PM on 24 March 2006