Email Scam Persecute a Owner of the Traveler’s Agency
According to the reports travelmarketreport.com dated 29 December 2011, Linda Koch, owner of a travel office, a travel savers agency in Canterbury, New Hampshire, United States is the latest personality who is hit by an internet scam.
Koch's predicament started when everyone on her yahoo database got a fake email message supposedly from Koch, saying that she was trapped in Wales and wanted money.
Within a few hours, she was informed about the scam by a friend in Europe who found the message soon after the email scam was send.
Through a yahoo live chat service, Koch immediately called security professional to rescue her address book. The security researcher at yahoo told that her database would have been misplaced if she had waited much longer.
Immediately after getting back the address book, Koch sent an email informing everyone in her database that message about being trapped was a scam. She claimed that this was not a computer virus but strictly a scam to extract money as per to the reports of travelmarketreport.com of 29 December 2011.
Security expert commented that unluckily, Koch was strike by stranded travel scam or tears in my eyes scam which a kind of very famous advance fee fraud or 419 scam.
Security expert elaborate on the working of this scam. The email recipient gets an email from a friend (e.g. Koch in the above case) saying that they are trapped away from home (e.g. Wales in above case) and unfortunately wallet etc stolen. He /she ask for to transfer the money as quickly as possible. If the email looks genuine, he might send the money without thinking that it might be a scam. When the scammer has the transfer details (western union etc) they can go to any office to collect the money, even if it's an entirely different location.
Therefore to keep away from being victim of this scam suggest the users to guard their password by having a strong password. If one gets such email, he is warned to call his friend or message back asking a question only his actual friend would knows. The victim of this scam should file an FBI (federation bureau of investigation) grievance at www.ic3.gov.
Related article: Email Security – A Big Challenge to Companies & Individuals
» SPAMfighter News - 07-01-2012