Phishing Scam Attacks Customers of Online Gambling Forum Bwin
A warning has been issued to online gamblers that fraudsters are attempting to exploit the reputation of Bwin, a major European group for online gambling, to target its players and reap an illegitimate benefit.
During the 3rd week of May 2009, several customers reported of getting an e-mail apparently from Bwin, talking about exclusive prizes for those who would participate in a raffle. To facilitate the participants, the e-mail provides a link that seemingly points to a Bwin site.
However, the link actually leads consumers to 'bwimpoker,' a counterfeit site that asks the user to enter his credentials. But, if the user does so, he ends up losing sensitive personal details, including passwords and log-ins.
Meanwhile, moderators at Bwin poker forums as well as other sites owned by Bwin have quickly spread news of the scam. One moderator while on the poker-room forum of Bwin said that the bwimpoker phishing site had been located; therefore, customers needed to watch out for BWIM.
Other poker forums on the Internet have also indicated that certain e-mail has attracted customers by saying that they are winner of a prize, but they must pay $500 for the processing of the claim. This scam, somewhat less delicate, further advised players to avoid logging into their account with Bwin for four days; thenceforth, presumably when its details were emptied.
Bwin is investigating the issue, and the company has asked any consumer, who thinks he might have been victimized as a result of the scam, to get in touch with Bwin's customer services instantly.
Moreover, security specialists state that even within a legitimate environment of Internet gambling, some people will always be there who would attempt at making illegal money from trusted players. The most recent attack against online casino's integrity has come through an uninvited e-mail that is believed to be a scam running from Russia.
Besides, a similar incident happened in February 2009 when phishing e-mail targeted the participants of Club World Casinos, a popular and extremely respected operator of online casino that maintains association with the well-known Club USA Casino.
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