How to answer those "phishing" emails

I'll bet you've received plenty of emails like this one:
Regions Bank: urgent security notification for clients! (message id:

Of course, you know not to fill them out - these are sent by scammers hoping to collect enough of your personal, financial, and identifying information to open accounts in your name, to run up charges you'll be expected to pay. In any case, chances are you don't have any accounts at Regions Bank and couldn't fill this out even if you wanted to! It's known as "phishing".

Actually, I do fill these out.

My name is George W. Bush.
I live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 20500,
My phone number is (202) 456-1111.
My user ID is georgewbush and my password is katrinasucks.
My Visa card is 4444 4444 4444 4444 expiring in 11/2007; the CVV number is 123 and the PIN (for using ATMs to drain my account) is 4567,
You get the idea.

Most of these sites don't bother with any kind of error checking. You can make up anything you want, and they'll take it. (I would be careful to not use a credit card or Social Security number that might possibly belong to a real person)

I only wish I could see the look on the crooks' faces when they try to use a forged credit card with George W. Bush's name on it.....

Previous "rants" are still up on the following links:

sorry, email address
is an image only.  Too many spammers.