Would you give your Social Security number, credit card information, thumbprint and DNA sample to a bank you’ve never heard of?
Maybe not — but some Americans would.
Microsoft earlier this summer set up a fake bank in New York City and successfully lured a few customers into divulging sensitive personal information to actors pretending to be bankers. The fake bank, called “Greater Offshore Bank” worked just like an in-person, offline phishing scam in that it tricked consumers into giving up information under the guise that they were signing up for a service or product.
The motivation for Microsoft’s fake bank setup didn’t have all that much to do with banking — the company was advertising the fraud security measures of its Internet Explorer 8 browser — but it did show just how lax some Americans are when sharing information that could compromise their finances.
Take a look at Microsoft’s video below: