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Banks issue phishing warnings

Date: May 21, 2006
By: Scott Waller

The depth finder showed fish were everywhere - but it didn't matter.

As we trolled around the stumps in the upper part of the Ross Barnett Reservoir, we would cast our bait to avail.

The fish just weren't biting.

Two hours and a bucket of minnows later, my friend had managed to pull in one of the biggest crappie I have ever seen, but with only one other keeper, we decided to release the fish and call it a day.

Whoever is running an Internet "phishing" scam targeted at Mississippians doesn't seem willing to cut bait.

There has been a blast of e-mails this week phishing for victims. The e-mails claim to be from Tupelo-based BancorpSouth.

The e-mails got extremely creative on Thursday.

One offered a $50 gift card for registering personal information. Another claimed the bank's site had been upgraded and customers would need to re-register in order to use it.

Then there was one claiming a bogus e-mail was on file for the account.

It's my hope that the scammers began switching bait because they weren't getting any bites. My fear is the more bait they cast, the better the chances of catching someone off guard.
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