Bogus FBI Spam Mails Deceive Computer Users
Security researchers at Trend Micro have just detected junk e-mails popularly called spam mails circulating on the Internet. The e-mails apparently display the sender's address as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Washington D.C.
However, the e-mails aren't from the FBI rather they have been sent by spammers.
These spammers in their message talk about some US$10.5 Million. The e-mail recipient supposedly is entitled to receive the amount as a beneficiary. Thereafter, the false FBI representative in the e-mail instructs that the recipient should contact the United Trust Bank London and talk to the 'Online Transfer Department' chief.
According to the e-mail the 'Online Transfer Department' chief is the sole individual assigned to disburse the promised sum. Eventually, the message claims that the recipient should do exactly as per the instructions to claim the money.
To prove the point that cyber criminals cheat their victims using desperate measures, the e-mail adds a note in conclusion. This note states that there could be potential scammers who may attempt to contact the recipient. In reality, these notifications are all to make the spam mail appear genuine, security researchers said.
The researchers think that the current e-mail campaign is merely another 419 scam, which all netizens need to know of.
Consequently, they advise that it is extremely vital that people shouldn't repose their faith in any junk message of a similar kind. Users shouldn't ever respond to any spam mail of these types, more importantly, never divulge their sensitive information to their senders.
In addition, security specialists recommend Internet users that they can apply common sense to distinguish a genuine e-mail from a fake one through careful observation of a spam mail.
In case a user cannot recognize the sender of an inbound e-mail, he should delete it right away. If an e-mail sounds unbelievably true, then one must know that it's a fraud. According to the specialists, these twin things are basic for the general public to remember to avoid cyber-criminals' tricky attempts at defrauding its members or getting away with their money.
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