Ashburton Inhabitant Victimized with Scam E-Mail

Jac Sparks, who lives in Ashburton (New Zealand), was lately victimized with an Internet fraud, thus published ashburtonguardian.co.nz in news on June 23, 2011.

The scam worked on. Sparks because she unwittingly replied to an apparently authentic Google e-mail that asked her to give the latest details of her Gmail account. But since the e-mail was fraudulent, all the particulars Sparks revealed landed up with the fraudsters that they subsequently exploited and by posing as Sparks, dispatched another scam e-mail.

That scam electronic mail stated that while Ms. Sparks was touring Athens, she was suddenly attacked as she was returning to her lodgings following a conference she'd attended. The attackers stole her money, cell-phone and papers; consequently, she immediately required money from her friends.

However, Sparks first became aware about the scam when her son called her from London. After this though, more calls followed that her family and friends made anxiously, many to know about her safety especially because they weren't sure if the e-mail's content was real or fake.

Sparks stated that she only hoped that everybody who'd got the awful message would know that she was very much in Ashburton as well as that everything was alright. Ashburtonguardian.co.nz reported this.

Disturbingly, accordingly to security researchers, the above kind of scams are getting more-and-more frequent online; hence to foil them, they recommend a few suggestions.

First, users mustn't ever give away their log-on details to anyone asking it through e-mail irrespective of the message appearing official or urgent like in the instance of Sparks.

Secondly, one mustn't ever reveal the password of his e-mail to another person. In fact, such passwords must be very strong having no less than 8 characters and forming an amalgamation of lower and upper case letters, numerical numbers along with punctuation (if allowed) which any scammer or hacker will find difficult to crack.

Finally, if anyone has already fallen prey to such a fraud electronic mail then he must notify the concerned officials as well as register the occurrence at the earliest in order that it becomes possible to nab the perpetrators of the deceitful scam.

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