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E-mail Scams Purporting Closed Acquaintance in Circulation

The Australian Government is warning its citizens on a regular basis on e-mail scams, purporting to be coming from closed acquaintances on issues of being cheated during vacations, and sympathizing their mercy for urgent money; reports softpedia on January 25, 2012.

Significantly, individuals from Australia, especially throughout the Anangu Pitjantjatjara yankunytjatjara (APY) lands, are the major prey of these scams, which is a part of worldwide scam scheme.

However, basic instinct that hunts justification on receipt of such spam are based on the stand that firstly, every time a malicious e-mail coming from a closed friend, hints at conclusions that either the e-mail account of the sender was compromised or the spammers are utilizing the spoofed address.

The sender being a close friend, users are generally aware of their vacationing whereabouts and besides, if even they are unsure of the same, they are at least in contact with the recipient. In case the above mentioned details surface in the email users are mostly targeted by a scam.

The seeker borrows a huge amount from the recipient via wire or through international money transfer in the spoofy e-mail because the probability for the amount to be recovered remains very less.

As already discussed above though there are slight variations in the spoof of vacation-related spam mails, the theme remains the same, i.e. they trigger the innocent recipients on emotional issues and rob them of money. A similar example to this context constitutes the case of a Bismarck, North Dakota-based man, who lost a huge amount of money as he was cheated through a similar spam.

Security experts recommends general public to remain extra cautious on receiving such mails, carefully analyze them and if found suspicious, just ignore and neglect them. The spams can also be reported to the country's specialized organization or to the websites that educate people and raise their awareness on such issues. However, it is quite certain that these scams are generally designed for earning money through dubious means.

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