Alibaba.com Patrons Targeted with New Phishing Scam
As per Alibaba.com, one of the China's B2B e-commerce giant, fraudsters are being targeting the website of the company by sending conjured mails to the company's customers in the name of Alibaba.com.
It should be noted that the phishing mails informs the recipients that the firm wants to notify the recipient that he has surfaced as the ultimate winner of the Buyer Access Draw conducted by the company. Therefore, the recipient will get an amount of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros from Alibaba.com.
In order to claim the cash prize the recipient is told to send his private and financial information. The details which are asked include his company's name, e-mail address, telephone numbers, user iId of the customer, bank name, fax number, etc.
Also, the mail recipient is told to send these details to the Approved Cash Agent of Alibaba.com, Mrs. Michelle Brown at the email id: firstname.lastname@example.org. Besides, the mail informs the recipient to obey all commands of Michelle Brown as it's already consented by the administration of the Alibaba Group.
The email also informs its recipient to keep the details mentioned in the mail confidential so as to ignore any unwanted occurrences due to third parties.
To make the phishing e-mail appear authentic and real, it informs the recipient that the organization (Alibaba.com) has learnt of several fake e-mails related with the company's endorsement presently attacking its members. Therefore, to verify the authenticity of the message the recipient are being asked to verify the sender of the mail to make sure that this email comes from email@example.com.
For now, this is not the first phishing scam targeting Alibaba.com. In July 2008, members got a fake e-mail from Alibaba.com claiming that the site had lately updated all its security servers to provide an efficient online trading service to its members. Therefore, they were asked to revise their account details with Alibaba.com by following a certain URL that directs users on a phishing site.
As a result, the security experts have advised Internet users conducting online trading on Alibaba.com that they need to be really cautious of such online phishing scams.
» SPAMfighter News - 16-06-2009