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Texas Attorney General Issued Security Alerts Against Phishing

The Texas Attorney General's office is issuing alerts against phishing scams and other mail scams, as reported by WOAI on October 21, 2008.

The Texas Attorney General's office thinks that hackers are currently taking advantage of the present economic crisis in the US and using the Web to steal online users' money. As per them, it is an old scam with some modifications.

Security researchers said that some inauthentic mails can be detected from a distance. They also revealed that the best to spot a fake mail is the text of the mail. The fraudulent mails do not use the name of the customer rather they use "Dear Customer". The letter also asks users to click on a link to confirm private details "or else". This kind of text, security researchers claim, is actual "phishing".

Further, Spokesperson of Generations Federal Credit Union, Eve Hernandez, said that phishing is done by a person who has harmful intentions to steal private details online, as reported by WOAI on October 21, 2008.

Eve said that hackers look for details such as name, driver's license, security number, maiden name of mother and other private details that can enable them to derive huge amount of money from the Web user's account.

Security experts and researchers expressed their opinion that although phishing has been present for several years, nowadays it seems to be more authentic and professional. Security experts also added that hackers are increasingly using bank's name, logo and even look-alike sites to convince users so that they divulge their private details.

That is the reason Generations Federal Credit Union is not taking any risks. Eve said that they continuously update their sites and provide effective guidelines that help users to identify what to watch out for. They also claimed that they have hired an organization to trace any hacker who tries to intrude and send phishing messages under the name of Generations Federal Credit Union.

Also, they advised that if the members feel that they have got a phishing mail, they should immediately check and call the bank or Credit Union to enquire about the phishing mail.

Related article: Texan Spam Mailer Gets Shut Out

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