American Express card is often spoofed

More so than any other credit card I have used, American Express is often spoofed. I received an email that looked like it came from Amex. I will paste it below.

Account Access Alert:

Important Alert Notification

Your Card Number Begining: 55XX

Dear Valued Client,

We have recently made some changes to make our Valued Customers happy with better security and more benefits for staying with us. All Customers are advised to Update to our new system procedures for total on-line access and benefits, All valid Card holders are to follow and comply with the given instructions below for our new system update.

By updating to our new system, You will be By passing back and forth secret information that only Valid card holders and us know, this way, you can feel protected and more secure with your on-line access. This is for our recognized Valued Users only.

All Valid Users are required to review needed information to reclude a recurrence of any future attention with card and on-line access.

To Start System update, we have attached an HTML Web Page.

Find below Attached for HTML Web Page
Download and Save it to your Personal Device Desktop
Go back to your Desktop to open the HTML Web Page
Complete System update by Filling your Information
We Thank you Valued Client for staying with us. We continue to serve you best.

Sincerely,
American Express Cards
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This is a customer service e-mail from American Express. Using the spam/junk mail function may not block servicing messages from being sent to your email account. To learn more about e-mail security or report a suspicious e-mail, please visit us at americanexpress.com/phishing. We kindly ask you not to reply to this e-mail but instead contact us securely via customer service.

Copyright 2015 American Express. All rights reserved.

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This was professionally designed with authentic Amex icons and photos. One of the major clues that it wasn’t Amex was a spelling mistake in the subject of the email. Of course saving the file to the desktop was also a sign that this was a hacking attempt. It makes sense that hackers would target Amex. I have seen them get used for companies more than other types of cards. So it would give a hacker a bigger payout than some random individual.

Of course I reported it to:

spoof@americanexpress.com

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