BTC Warned its Customers about E-mail Scam
As per the latest security news, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is cautioning its customers of an e-mail scam wildly circulating on the net.
BTC revealed that it is repeatedly giving warnings to its subscribers about a spoofed or unsolicited e-mail that is part of a phishing scam to accomplish identity theft.
As per security experts, a phishing scam occurs by sending fake e-mails purporting to be from a government agency, financial institution or any other reputed or well-known organization. These e-mails are meant to encourage recipients to disclose their financial or personal information as in the present scam that is targeting customers of BTC.
According to the security investigators, BTC subscribers are finding an unsolicited e-mail in their inboxes with the subject line 'Verify and Update your www.batelnet.bs e-mail', as reported by The Bahama Journal on November 25, 2008.
While BTC security agents are investigating into the scam, it is reported that scam began in the third week of November 2008 when BTC subscribers found the unsolicited e-mail in their inboxes for the first time.
Not only the e-mail asks for the personal details, it threatens the recipients (BTC subscribers) that if they don't verify the information within seven days, their e-mail accounts will be permanently terminated.
Marlon Johnson, Vice President, Public Relations, BTC, said that BTC do not ask for any confidential information from its customers through e-mail, as reported by The Nassau Guardian on November 25, 2008.
Johnson further added that customers who had responded to the unsolicited e-mail should immediately change their passwords and inform BTC's 'BatelNet Help Desk' at 225-5282 that they have become victims of the scam.
As the BTC e-mail scam is the latest in a row to confuse the company's subscribers, some security experts described phishing as the most sophisticated, innovative and technologically advanced crime online businesses and netizens are facing currently. They further said that fraudsters easily find latest hot stories that can be used as themes to phish out details from online users.
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