Fresh E-Mail Fraud Abusing “Philippine Embassy” Attacks OFWs
People are being cautioned of one fresh e-mail scam purporting to be from the Embassy of Philippine alternatively other representative organizations of the country abroad so they may attack OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). Philembassy-riyadh.org reported this on April 18, 2011.
Recently, one overseas Filipino worker, who got an e-mail approached the Saipan based Philippine Consulate General to report that the e-mail allegedly came into his inbox from Muscat's Philippine Embassy notifying that there were 500,000 pounds he had gained as a prize so he should dispatch his private particulars through return e-mail for facilitating the receipt of the huge bonanza.
Consequently, every Filipino coming within the Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) located Philippine Embassy jurisdiction is being warned as well as reiterated not to follow instructions alternatively hand over personal information asked within the above type of e-mails, particularly those which claim to give cash prizes while utilizing the government offices of Philippine to act as channels, unless he's sure of the e-mail's authenticity.
Specifically, Philippine Ambassador Antonio Villamor deputed to Saudi Arabia cautioned that it was time to increase users' awareness regarding sinister and deceitful cyber-criminals, who would attempt at any kind of trickery for seizing the identities of other people alternatively defraud them off their cash. Gmanews.tv published this on April 24, 2011.
Elsewhere the Ambassador observed that the Philippine Foreign Service's and the Department of Foreign Affairs' trustworthiness along with high acceptance scores hadn't escaped scammers' notice so they appeared as attempting at exploiting the situation for leveraging the above scam; however, they weren't likely to succeed. Philembassy-riyadh.org published this on April 18, 2011.
In addition Villamor stated that it was possible to bring into the notice of the Riyadh situated Philippine Embassy at its authorized address any such kind of incidence or scam via reporting over phone, in person, or through an electronic message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eventually, it's because of the above kind of scam e-mails that there has been such a high incidence of spam mails over the recent months. However, these e-mail attacks can be avoided if netizens don't become convinced of unbelievably true offers, security specialists suggest.
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