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Subject: Attention! Several VISA Credit Card bases have been LOST!

You know breaches are reaching the public consciousness when spammers use them to make money. I got this in email yesterday, along with a URL that I don’t feel like linking. Banks would do really well to send less email with the words “click here,” and more saying “visit our site using a bookmark.”

Good afternoon, unfortunately some processings have been cracked by hackers, so
a new secure code to protect your data has been introduced by Visa. You should
check your card balance and in case of suspicious transactions immediately
contact your card issuing bank. If you don’t see any suspicious transactions,
it doesn’t mean that the card is not lost and cannot be used. Probably, your
card issuers have not updated information yet. That is why we strongly
recommend you to visit our website and update your profile, otherwise we cannot
guarantee stolen money repayment. Thank you for your attention. Click here and
update your profile.

(I added the logo.)

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