UK People Warned About ‘Tax Cut’ Phishing Campaign
Sophos, an IT security and control firm, has asked web users to remain vigilant. This warning has come in the wake of a new phishing campaign that seems to have exploited the news that the UK Chancellor is likely to announce tax cuts before budget.
SophosLabs has intercepted some e-mail samples that claim to have been coming from the 'UK Government & Ministry of Finance' and attract people with return tax offer for every individual aged from 30 to 55 years. Interested users, who want to take advantage of the offer that includes money between £450 and £650 for family maintenance, are directed to a fake web page where personal information such as marital status, age and number of children is asked to build identity profiles.
Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant, Sophos, said that cyber criminals are taking advantage of the current situation as people are concerned about their finances and job security, as reported by InfoZine on November 25, 2008.
He further added that people who are eagerly waiting for the recession-busting tax cuts by the government should rely on the legitimate channels of information and neglect messages or links asking for personal data. Moreover, as the Christmas season is round the corner, this campaign is expected to exploit trends that generally start during this season of special offers and vouchers through e-mails.
Security experts at Sophos have recommended computer users to stay vigilant. They have also asked users to take all precautions before opening an unsolicited e-mail and ensure that their systems are fully secured.
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