Scammers Posing As Law Companies Dispatch Users Spam Mails
TorrentFreak reports that Internet scammers are currently pretending to be law companies, while dispatching fraudulent e-mails aimed at online users towards tricking them into handing over their hard earned cash.
Reportedly, one particular e-mail captioned "Investigation against You" that looks like a message from an authorized law company named Rechtsanwalt Florian Giese notifies so-called file-sharers working online that there is a problem awaiting them.
The sender's address in the e-mails is varied and it spoofs as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The text of the e-mail states that the particular law company has sent the e-mail while representing Videorama GmbH, an authorized company of 40m worth euros that's located in Essen, Germany.
Explains the message, its enquiry is regarding the recipient allegedly using the Net on a P2P network as well as committing copyright breach associated with works that the e-mail sender's clients hold. It (the message) then refers to different parts of German law, according to which, the recipient was truly engaged in illegal activity. Torrentfreak.com reported this on 21st October 2010.
Worryingly, even the IP address that the recipient allegedly utilized while committing the crime is listed in the message along the figure giving the file count that was involved.
Write the scammers to frighten the recipient that he may've by now seen in the media that presently copyright violation incidences legally result in huge financial penalties as well as court expenses. Softpedia.com reported this on October 21, 2010.
Ultimately, the recipient is told that if he transfers 100 euros through Paysafecard or Ukash, which are both e-payment means, then the problem can be resolved without having to go to the court.
Remark the security researchers that sadly, often such electronic mails of scammers work out effectively, as it's common for a lot of countries to dispatch e-mails in connection with pre-settlement of copyright breaches.
A spokesperson of Rechtsanwalt Florian Giese, while remarking about the messages stated that the company had nothing to do with the fake e-mails bearing the caption "Investigation against You," as they were spam mails that scammers had sent. Softpedia.com reported this on October 21, 2010.
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