Threat to Personal Identity for FairPoint Customers
According to FairPoint officials, an unsolicited e-mail is making round in the internet at present and are likely to compromise online security of users, reported WCAX on August 24, 2011.
Customers have duly reported of receiving a link in an e-mail masquerading FairPoint and requesting clients to fill up a verification form to facilitate their clients with enhanced services.
Customers have received the e-mail message from the mail address firstname.lastname@example.org and the subject line opened with an interesting note "Welcome to FairPoint Communications".
To enable the updation process, users are required to open the link <http://www.rcauto.pl/css/www.myfairpoint.net/myfairpoint.html> and upgrade it with their personal information, in the failure of which their account might be deactivated.
In the meantime, FairPoint officials are still perplexed at how hackers could acquire the mail addresses of its customers.
FairPoint officials in their statement also acclaimed that scammers have very trickily revealed the passwords from their customers through e-mails.
However, FairPoint officials also agreed that this is a common trend by which scammers usually gather the personal or financial information of users. FairPoint have already faced such scams in the past, when users were contacted in the name of the company to seize their personal data and even passwords of their e-mail account. Exposures of personal and sensitive information to a phishing scam could likely lead to substantial financial loss and explode other problems.
On the contrary, FairPoint Communication have denied the fact of asking customers or employees of their login name or passwords through e-mail and further recommended customers to stay away from such suspicious e-mails.
However, security experts recommended users to avoid clicking on links that are provided in the e-mails and restrain from providing further information. The links that are provided in the e-mails are generally sent by spammers to entice people into using fake web sites that look completely alike the original ones. If one fails to abstain themselves from this attraction and falls easy prey by providing all personal details, they endangers their identity to the cyber criminals. In case of receiving any such e-mail asking for personal identity, one can call directly to the company or agency and confirm the status.
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