Bahamasair’s Alarm towards Fake E-mail Threats
In a warning held by the national airline of the Bahamas, Bahamasair customers are being alerted of a new Internet scam, reports tribune242 on May 5, 2011.
The spam mail, masquerades to be sent by the Director of Bahamasair offering a fake voucher to its customers. The message entails customers of a lucrative offer of $75 gift certificate to anyone who forwards the same e-mail message to at least 20 other members and include the e-mail address BahamasPride@gmail.com. This offer is provided in an attempt to raise the Bahamasair quota on transport. However, immediately after sending this e-mail message, an e-mail would be received by the sender along with a certification number for claiming back the gift hamper.
On the revelation of this fake e-mail, Viola Smith Bahamasair Representative was quite amazed and suspicious as the spelling of the name of the Director of Bahamasair is Henry and not Henny - Woods as reported by tribune242 on May 5, 2011. The attached file seemed to be circulated by Bahamasair through e-mails, though in reality it's a fake e-mail not circulated or originated from the Bahamasair.
However, Bahamasair customers have been plunged into such frauds earlier as well through fake voucher e-mail. Airlines have already reported similar incidents way back in 2008. In reality, it seemed that the earlier scam has emerged once again.
Security experts have however provided explanation for the causes resulting in eruption of similar causes repeatedly. This resultantly occurs successfully within a short span as the e-mails have the power to circulate rapidly a lot of e-mails within a short period of time and it also wastes the precious time of esteemed companies like Bahamasair, who devote time towards investigating the case.
The worst part of such scams is that it hampers the reputation of such esteemed companies as Bahamasair in this case. Also, the telephone number along with important details are exposed and into the mercy of online crooks.
Security experts also states that such e-mails showing the increasing trend of companies are used to deceive people and trick them by offers through e-mails. Their advise to users on sharing these e-mail chains in order to check the existence of the website that are apparently making the offer are tactfully done to check with the authenticity factor.
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