Phishers Target Australian Job-Hunters Through JobSearch
Sophos the security company is cautioning that a new e-mail scam is attacking job-hunters inside Australia who're visiting JobSearch a job-site of the Federal Government while trying to phish off their information.
Reportedly, the phishing e-mail alerts users that soon they'll have their account on JobSearch reaching its expiry therefore they must visit the site and give their latest account details in a day-or-two.
Moreover, according to the news that Sophos' blog published on January 10, 2011, the e-mail, while addressing Australians using JobSearch, states that for validating their accounts they require clicking on a given web-link. Also, the reply should come in two days otherwise they'll have their registration removed from JobSearch that'll then have to be re-registered, the e-mail emphasizes.
Incidentally, the majority of users of this website are unemployed agritourists. With various types of crops getting harvested through various phases of a year, agritourists who move across the country are more chanced with visiting the site while they shift from one harvest season to another alternatively from one geographical location to another.
And whilst users make their journey, depending on going online only whenever it's available, phishing scam of this type appear far more credible, with apparently, the advantages associated with clicking a given link being far greater than the dangers associated with allowing so-called opportunities slip.
Thus remark security researchers that cyber-criminals have gotten more advanced. Previously their targets were big events and breaking news for disseminating the spam mails whereas now they're executing personalized assaults for which they continuously monitor people's activities without losing any scope for dispatching their malevolent messages.
The researchers further caution that scammers employ all the said tricks for getting around security systems therefore people get the scam e-mails within their inboxes rather than spam folders. Moreover, there are web-links within these e-mails, which usually take onto fake sites; hence users are advised against clicking them.
Additionally, they're advised against believing any solicitations that pledge for getting them a job especially a rarely-accessible government job in return for a fee. A few other indications of the scam e-mails being fraudulent are poor-grammar and misspellings.
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» SPAMfighter News - 19-01-2011