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Scam E-Mails Circulating With Nude Pictures as Bait, Reports Security Firm

Security researchers from Sophos the security company have cautioned that a pair of scam e-mails is presently circulating online that's targeting male users hankering after sex. The e-mails reportedly use the same lure that of nude pictures.

Notably, according to one message out of the two rogue e-mails the writer seems to say that he's passionate for wild sex as well as seeks a similarly enthusiastic partner. Thereafter he says that an attachment is provided in the e-mail containing his picture and if the recipient enjoys what he views in it then she can get back to him.

The other message comments that the writer enjoyed chatting with the recipient on some day and now wishes for showing something to her that's inside a given attachment. So she should open it and find the surprise, the e-mail asserts.

However, according to the Sophos researchers, if readers of the rogue messages aren't able to stop their temptation but unzip the file in the attachments, then surprisingly they won't find the promised naked photograph. In its place they'll find one malicious file, which deceives them into trusting that multiple security problems have affected their systems hence they should buy one recommended anti-virus product, which in reality is a fake.

Notably, this bogus anti-virus according to Sophos is Mal/FakeAV-JO, while the zipped archive is Mal/BredoZp-B.

Remarking about the above malicious e-mail campaigns, Graham Cluley Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos stated that hopefully e-mail recipients would think logically rather than lustfully and not become enticed enough to view the attachments. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this on April 13, 2011.

Furthermore, just like it is widely known that sex sells, cyber crooks too are well aware of it. Therefore, fraudulent e-mail campaigns promising "sexy films" alternatively so-called sex videos of celebrities emerge online every week in fresh batches, the researchers warn.

Nevertheless, these can be avoided if Web-users remain highly vigilant while viewing attached web-links embedded on e-mails that particularly arrive from unfamiliar sources.

Unfortunately, it's because of the above kinds of e-mail scams that there's been an uncontrollable rise in spam as well as malware, the security researchers bemoan.

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