There have been some questions floating around the internet this week as to the validity of an e-mail from Sportsbook.com.The e-mail was sent to most people on July 17 and requests that the recipient update his date of birth on his Sportsbook.com account.

Normally, that would be a fairly ordinary request.But many people who received it don’t even bet or play poker at Sportsbook.com and the e-mail contains one of the biggest red flags in the “how to detect internet fraud” handbook – it asks the recipient to click on a link to make the information change.

Typically, “phishing” attempts try to get the unsuspecting victim to click a link in the body of an e-mail that looks like it takes them to an account page for a company with which they do business.In reality, it is a fraudulent site, dressed up like the real thing.Whatever account information the victim submits on that fake site goes straight to criminals, who then use it to rob the target.

We asked Sportsbook.com if they could confirm the validity of the e-mail and, to our surprise, they did say it was for real.Apparently, when Paradise Poker customers were transferred to Sportsbook.com, their dates of birth accidentally got reset to January 1, 1900.The company is implementing a new account management section on its website and wants to have all account information up to date.There is nothing to fear at all with this e-mail

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