Bosquez Victimized with Fraudulent E-mail Campaign
Abel Bosquez ex-Chairman of Democratic Party of Potter County is informing his relatives and other close people that he's alright while in Amarillo (Texas, USA) as also does not require money when a scam e-mail targeted and victimized him. Amarillo.com published this as of November 4, 2011.
Actually, while re-running within House District 87, Bosquez stated that somebody infiltrated his e-mail, with contacts listed on his address book receiving fake e-mails as also being requested for sending him cash to a London address since muggers supposedly robbed him off his money leaving him penniless and unable to get back to Amarillo.
Bosquez stated that the 25 individuals who called him informed that they didn't send him any money. In fact they said they were surprised he was stationed inside London. Meanwhile, Bosquez said that from 1978, before when he worked for the military, he hadn't gone to London, adding that there wasn't either any reason for going there currently while he was re-running. Amarillo.com reported this.
Incidentally, it isn't new what has happened to Bosquez since the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) posts online that this type of fraud is now very common.
Unfortunately, the above stated scam is called the "stranded traveler's scam" whose mode-of-operation involves a hacker posing as the person whose e-mail account he compromises and from there dispatches a notification intended for his friends/contacts. In this notification, the sender writes that he requires money right away being mugged and stranded in a foreign country, similar to the instance of Bosquez stuck in London. Now, if the e-mail receiver doesn't confirm this, he's likely to believe the scam and get victimized, security researchers elaborate.
Consequently, anybody getting this kind of notification and not feeling sure if it's real must first verify the authenticity of the same prior to taking any action such as wiring the cash, the researchers suggest.
Eventually, it's because of the above kinds of fake e-mails that prompted Kaspersky to highlight within its Q3-2011 report that fake e-mails have increased in huge amounts, while they currently account for 2% of the entire spam circulated.
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