Email really from MB Trading? Phishing?

Discussion in 'Retail Brokers' started by trendo, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. trendo


    I recently received an email that appeared to be from MB Trading. The subject line said, "Subject: Important Information: 2012 Yearly Notifications." When I clicked on it, a dialogue box popped up. It asked for my account password before I could proceed to get this "important information." It didn't smell right, so they didn't get my password. I fired off an email to MBT to ask them if this type of email was really from them. They responded with a form letter advising me of how get my statement/trade confirms. (I'm well aware of how do that.) They didn't answer my question if they are sending this type of email, so I would like to know if anyone else has received this type of email claiming to be from MBT. Thanks very much.
  2. Catoosa


    I have received the same email from MBT. Looked OK to me but I did not click on any of the links and I did not get a box asking for my password. I only enter my login or password information when logging into my account through MBT's website.
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    " please enter your login and password " to confirm receipt of this email.

  4. trendo


    Exactly. Now that I think about it, that questionable email was clearly not from MB Trading. Makes me wonder how the hell those thieves know I use MB Trading. Spyware? Could be any number of different ways.
  5. even if something isn't a phishing scam the email might have a virus....please do a virus and malware scan on your computer and let us know if you got infected by the email
  6. MBT-Steve

    MBT-Steve ET Sponsor

    This email was in fact from MB Trading as required by FINRA and the NFA to provide our clients with annual disclosures notifications. The pop-up message asking for a username and password was triggered by one of the images in the email that was incorrectly located under a secured section of our website. Depending on the web browser and its settings, recipients may or may not have received this pop up. We have already corrected the problem and the message should no longer appear for future mailings.


  7. I forget what they call the type of scam (I think it's "spear phishing"). Basically they blast out official looking emails to a billion different folks, and 99.99% of them immediately enter the deleted category as they don't apply at all ("MB Trading, what the hell is that?"). Of the relevant remainder, I'm sure they always hook a few. Great risk/reward strategy for those pricks.

    Hover over the link in your browser and you can immediately tell if it's a fake by looking at the link, since most of the time it's some garbage string (or a variant on the official version).
    I never take the link and go directly to the site if I need to login.