E-Mail Scams Circulating In South Dakota, Jackley Cautions

Marty Jackley Attorney General of South Dakota (U.S) cautions local residents that phishing e-mail campaigns are once again circulating in the region. State News Web published this on October 26, 2010. Reports the Consumer Protection Division, people are getting electronic mails, which ask for personal information alternatively apply tricks that scare them into sending money urgently.

Scammers posing as genuine businesses are dispatching messages over the Internet directing that the recipient should open an attachment for accessing one fresh password. But if he does so, malicious program gets installed on his PC that can steal his username and password.

One more instance has netizens getting an e-mail, which seems as though somebody from their friends' lists had sent. The e-mail appears friendly stating excitedly if the recipient saw the attached video on him. But, on clicking, it contaminates the user's PC with malware. Moreover, like in the first case, the present e-mail too attempts at grabbing the private details of the user.

Meanwhile, some residents continue to get the "emergency" phishing messages online. After invading the Web-mail account of the victims, the scammers, mimicking the victims, dispatch an urgent e-mail to everybody whose e-mail address is on the victims' contact lists, making a plea for assistance. And although the e-mails have different details, the scammers believe that they'd be able to exploit the recipient's sentiments.

Stated Jackley that people must treat an unsolicited e-mail with suspicion if it played on the pocketbook alternatively on human sentiments. Also, people required educating themselves as well as their family about the way such scams worked, the AG suggested. KDLT NEWS published this on October 26, 2010.

Moreover, according to security specialists, users can protect themselves from the above phishing e-mail attacks by not answering the messages alternatively opening web-links that arrive from unfamiliar places. Further, they must erase all e-mails that solicit personal information.

Additionally, users mustn't ever feed personal information into windows popping up on their screens unless they relate to a genuine business. And finally, both operating system and anti-virus software installed on their computers should be kept up-to-date for defense against malicious assaults.

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