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BBB Discloses Top Scams Emerged in 2008

BBB (Better Business Bureau) released a list of top e-mail phishing scams emerged during 2008. BBB claimed that economic downturn schemes topped the list. In a credit crunch situation, there were several scams that claimed of providing thousands of dollars, but they were after the private details of users for ID theft.

As per BBB, spoofing attacks were also discovered during 2008. Security experts explained spoofing - when a program or a person succeeded in portraying a fake data. As an integral part of the scam, users get a mail that appears as it has come from a firm they know. After this, users are directed to disclose their private information.

Security experts also added that spoofing attacks multiplied largely and became more advanced and illegally used companies like Canada Revenue Agency and BBB to deceive users into revealing their details. Because of these attacks, users install harmful software on their systems by mistake and increase the risk of compromising security, identity and money.

BBB also added that prize offers were very popular during 2008. In these scams, users were informed that they won a lottery or bonus and they must pay some money or disclose their banking details to receive the prize.

Some other things from which BBB asked to be careful are cure-all health products, guaranteed vehicle brokers, lured sounding business opportunities and fake online ads. All of them may be a part of a scam aiming at ID theft.

BBB also commented that if any user gets an e-mail from a company or an individual asking him to complete an online form or install a program, this is surely a scam. Users should not click on the link or message as it may expose their systems and identity to attack.

Also, BBB suggested that users should check if the organization they are dealing with is authentic or not. Security experts also commented complete details of the company should be attained to prevent from becoming victim of any fraud or trick.

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