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What Kind of Scam is CinAmuse.com ?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Jonny Quick, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Jonny Quick

    Jonny Quick BANNED BANNED

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    Today I get home and discover am email from CinAmuse.com thanking me for registering for my "Free 5-Day Trial" and that if I don't cancel in the next 5 days, they are going to charge my Visa $7.95.

    Nothing in the email or on their website "My Account" indicates they have my real Visa number. The expiration date is wrong, the Zip Code is wrong and the password is nothing I've ever used before, so it appears to be a scam and all I need to do is ignore it, but I want to make certain.

    This is on my "real" e-mail account. I never use this account for anything other than serious business, specifically Bank of America, Ebay, Paypal and NewEgg.com. This is one reason why I am nervous. I never use my Visa on any of my other 20+ email accounts; this is the only one so I am wondering if there has been some kind of data leak, etc... and someone has been selling my Visa # etc...

    Is this a common scam? Any helpful advise appreciated.
     
  2. goodseoman

    goodseoman Power Member Premium Member

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    So all they have from you is your email address, right?
    The same if you receive Award notice, delivering package, or 1 million bucks from Africa.
     
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  3. Jonny Quick

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    I HOPE that's the case. Not certain. I'm concerned I'll log on to my bank account and discover charges there that I've not made. I'm half tempted to "cancel" the membership to see what kind of questions they ask (like what my Visa # is), but I don't want to give them confirmation that the email is working.

    Is there a way to simulate an email "bouncing", so that scammers will think the email is bad and maybe take it off their list?
     
  4. goodseoman

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    Sorry for not looking carefully, your situation is more complicated then i though.
    Did you check bank statement or paypal statement for this subscription?
    If there is any proof showing that "you" really subscribed, you have to contact to your credit card bank immediately for pending.
     
  5. Jonny Quick

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    I checked the Bank's statement. I did not think to check PayPal. My PayPal account is linked to this Bank Account/Visa card.

    The Bank shows no transactions have been made. All appears normal. The only "proof" that it's "me" is that they have the correct email address and I do have a Visa card, but that's common. None of the other information was correct. Normally, and online invoice will show at least some of the Visa card numbers, and this had none at all. The expiration date was incorrect, as well as the Zip Code registered with the bank. So they have missing critical information, and incorrect critical information, and nothing that they do have looks "me-specific", so I figure I should worry.

    But I should also make certain. I made this post wondering if the scam itself is well-known, or perhaps the web-site. I found some indications of scams from researching the web-site, but all the reports I read happened to people that actually gave them their Visa #. I haven't seen any where CinAmuse.com uses the hoax of a "Free Trial" in order to actually phish your Visa #, which makes me nervous. Now I'm wondering if there's been a security breach at eBay, PayPal, Bank of America, NewEgg or my computer. I'm not wireless, so I don't think I've been sniffed. I do troubleshooting on infected computers, and so this computer might have been infected but scans turn up clean and it gives no symptoms at all.

    Anything else I should be thinking about?
     
  6. goodseoman

    goodseoman Power Member Premium Member

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    I can see everything is clear now.
    Some scammers know your:
    - email: there are thousand ways to get it
    - you have a Visa card: most of us own some well-known credit cards and the probability of some of us got this are very high (100% exactly for me)

    i would push it away and care about other things.
    if you have trouble sleeping, just report a stolen card to your bank. they will do the rest.
    good luck,
     
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