IC3 Cautions Users of Sony PlayStation
The Net IC3 of FBI is cautioning users of Sony PlayStation as well as other end-users to watch out for spam mails. PCWorld reported this on September 4, 2011.
Actually, a number of complaints have come to IC3 wherein the complainants state that they got an unsolicited electronic mail saying that the advertisement they wanted to be posted online regarding the 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 80 GB Bundle of Sony PlayStation had been done while its verification number was given within the e-mail.
But according to the complainants, none of them really wanted such an advertisement to be placed on any auction website.
It seems that a hope is turning on the minds of the fraudsters that the e-mail receivers will attempt at revoking the advertisement since they do not wish for giving away their PlayStation for sale alternatively they do not possess one at all. The fraudsters are possibly thinking that the revoking by the victims will help them interfere with the latter's sensitive information alternatively let them install malware on their computers.
Thus, according to IC3, alerts have been issued for consumers to watch out for phishing scams through auction websites in general as well as the PlayStation fraud in particular. One alert hinted that it was during January 2009 that reports of the fraud for the first time came in.
IC3 also warned of another scam, presently targeting end-users, wherein an e-mail supposedly from the Kramer & Kaslow law firm has been circulating since months. The firm though is really involved within certain lawsuit, nevertheless, denied any association with the e-mail.
It (e-mail) asks individuals for participating in a legal operation charging organizations that facilitated mortgages, while to take part within the "Mass Joinder Litigation," end-users require paying an upfront fee of $2,000-$5,000 that'll not be refunded.
Indeed, the law company offered numerous sales pitches and claims along with litigation and legal facilities solely to get victims to pay cash, IC3 observed.
Hence, security specialists advise that people must remain vigilant about bogus unsolicited e-mails as also exercise caution prior to opening such e-mails or even answering them.
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