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E-mail Scam Circulates in Oswego

Oswego police reports that two local residents recently filed a complaint that they got fraud e-mails that seemed to arrive from an offshore country, as reported by Suburbanchicagonews on May 9, 2008.

According to the police authorities, the first message arrived from the address adamsholdings@gmail.com and the sender introduced himself as Tony Adams from Tony Adams Textiles of London. The e-mail offered a job that could be operated from home, and promised a generous remuneration. But it asked the receiver of the e-mail to help in the payment processing of materials bought from the firm.

The second e-mail was from info@hangsengbank.com, and the sender called himself, Mr. Wang Qui from Hang Seng Bank of Hong Kong. The message proposed a business deal with a millions-dollar promise.

According to security professionals at Oswego, the recent months have witnessed a huge increase in these types of scams. They warned that the US citizens would see more of such offers till the time perpetrators are able to get money out of them. Further, there is little indication that these scams would cease anytime soon.

While police continue to alert people about the scams, they find more and more Oswego residents turn into victims, and get robbed of thousands of dollars. There is little chance of success in recovering the money. Moreover, as the offenders most likely belong to a different country, locating them is difficult. Police have, therefore, urged every resident to contact them before they send money to any unknown person or deposit an unwanted check.

Meanwhile, security researchers are also warning that hackers are nothing but foes of legal processes. Given that they seem to be again manipulating the resources to deliver thousands of phony e-mail subpoenas that are becoming increasingly popular in the phishing game, Internet security specialists calculate that thousands of US end-users have already been tricked into believing the scammers.

So, once a victim lands on the malicious site of the hacker, he downloads the necessary software for browser plug-in, which is actually a Trojan backdoor that enables the perpetrators to gain full control of their victim's computer.

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