BBB Warns of Phishing E-mails Apparently from Buy.com
The BBB (Better Business Bureau) Office at Montana, North Idaho and Eastern Washington (all in USA) has cautioned netizens to watch out for new phishing e-mails that are posing as messages from the Internet purchase site, Buy.com.
States BBB that the scam electronic mails pretend to be invoices that are being distributed among people who didn't even buy anything from the said site.
After expressing gratitude to the recipient because of his so-called order on Buy.com, the phishing e-mail suggests the person to go to the main page of the website and verify about his order's status through a given web-link. It then directs that the recipient must hit the "My Account" button on the so-called Buy.com website onto which he's directed.
Additionally, the phishing message tries to appear legitimate and genuine as also attempts at making the recipient believe that it's indeed from Buy.com. So it states that the site is thankful for the user doing business with it as well as promises that it will keep offering the most popular brand, selections from the best stores, cheap rates, and exceptional service. Finally, the e-mail thanks the reader from the side of Buy.com.
However, BBB officials warn that the e-mail may carry a Trojan virus. If this Trojan gets loaded to an end-user's PC, it can let someone situated remotely to gain access to the infected system and subsequently take control of it to steal private data, they explain. Walletpop.com reports this on July 7, 2010.
Meanwhile due to the maliciousness of the fraudulent e-mail as also to prevent one's own self from being scammed, authorities at BBB suggest that people must surf intelligently while on the Internet. Further, they should read the e-mails in detail if opened, and certainly never follow links in suspicious messages, else delete unopened e-mails instantly.
It's also suggested that users think twice if they truly bought anything from Buy.com for which they've received an invoice. Finally, deploying security software of high quality is a must for blocking malicious e-mails at the time of their very entrance alternatively for stopping their malware from compromising end-users' systems.
Related article: BBA Outlines Steps To Ward Off Online Fraud
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