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Phishers Abuse Marquez-Pacquiao Upcoming Box-Fight

According to researchers at Trend Micro the computer security company, phishers are distributing e-mails that use the names of Sarangani Rep. and boxing stalwart Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao as well as newly-arrived rival Juan Manuel Marquez while targeting Internet-users, published gmanews.tv dated November 8, 2011.

Basically, Trend Micro says that it has encountered spam mails citing the upcoming boxing game between Marquez and Pacquiao to attack computer operators.

The company, while remarking about the above mentioned e-mail scam, stated that the spam mail asserted as being a notice from one major Internet shopping site. It informed the readers that the ticket orders they'd placed for watching the Marquez-Pacquiao boxing bout in Las Vegas had been successfully processed, the security company described. Gmanews.tv reported this.

The e-mail then urged recipients for hitting on a given web-link for obtaining the confirmation of the tickets that they had ordered.

However, when the web-link is clicked, it diverts the user onto a phishing website, which asks for his identifying details.

And since the above kinds of phishing scams are so malicious, security researchers from Trend Micro urge Internet-users for adopting some simple measures towards avoiding becoming preys of the phishing scam. Accordingly, they shouldn't follow the web-link, which direct them for providing their identifying details as within the above mentioned instance.

Second, occasionally a phishing e-mail may divert the victim onto an agency's, an organization's or a company's fraudulent Internet site, and subsequently direct him to provide his credentials. And incase the user provides them; the same will get landed into the phisher's hands. Trend Micro reiterates that lawful organizations, agencies or companies never request for users' financial and other personal details over e-mail.

Finally, phishing electronic mails must be forwarded that is sent to reportphishing@antiphishing.org, the Federal Trade Commission's spam@uce.gov or the spoofed company's, organization's or agency's "abuse" e-mail id, for example, spoof@ebay.com. Moreover, while forwarding phishing e-mails, it's important to ensure that the entire messages as well as their header information are sent intact. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center must be notified about the phishing e-mail on the agency's authorized website.

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