Green Residents Attacked by Phishing E-mail Scam
Web users in Green, Ohio (US) are being attacked by phishers who are running an extremely refined phishing mail scam, as reported by THESUBURBANITE on July 31, 2009.
As per the news reports of the mail scam, web users are getting a phishing mail claiming that they are eligible to get thousands of dollars as grant money from the government of the US.
The recipients are informed that for getting these funds, they have to give their private banking details and an upfront fee of $249. Moreover, the mail claims that as soon as the fee is received, the grant money will be deposited in the bank account of the recipient. Although the processing fee is withdrawn immediately, the victims do not get the grant money.
As per Summit County (Green, Ohio) Prosecutor, Sherri Bevan Walsh, this is the latest online scam attacking County's residents and making them preys to bogus lures.
Walsh further states owing to tough time for the country's economy, con-artists are using words like stimulus grant money to attract web users so that they become victims, as per the reports by THESUBURBANITE on July 31, 2009.
It is learnt that a female employee at Bevan Walsh was contacted by the attackers, but fortunately the employee was wise enough and did not fall to the bait. The wise employee cautions other employees at the office not to reveal their private details to anyone.
The employee also states that people can apply for different grants but the government of the US will not contact for free money, as per the reports by THEUBURBANITE on July 31, 2009.
Security experts use this phishing scam as a standard example to caution web users. They said that sending fee to claim such grant money shows that mail recipients are mostly paying through the nose to borrow their own money.
Furthermore, they advise mail recipients to forward such suspicious mails to authorities such as Internet Crime Complaint Center so that necessary action can be taken by the security officials to detain cyber criminals.
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» SPAMfighter News - 17-08-2009