FBI Cautions about Phishing E-mail Invitation to Soccer Club
The FBI has issued an alert to the general public regarding a scam e-mail, which is aiming at people who may want to join an apparently newly-started soccer club within USA's Knoxville, thus reports Wate.com in news dated February 14, 2012.
Essentially, asserting that students are invited for enrollment to the Robert English Soccer Academy, the scam e-mail attempts at getting end-users to give away their PII (personally identifiable information), including their mothers' name before marriage, Social Security Numbers and credit card details.
Moreover, web-links are provided within the fake e-mail taking probable victims onto one fake site alternatively message, which looks real. But, the website actually lets the scammer commit theft of personal details belonging to the victim during the process of his divulgence on the site.
Now anybody who thinks he may've been victimized alternatively has already given away his private details then it is recommended that he should directly inform his credit card firm along with the 3 prominently serving credit bureaus.
In the meantime, according to the security researchers, cyber-criminals employing such deceits for enticing netizens of Knoxville aren't unknown. During November 2010, one fresh phishing e-mail was reported that aimed at house/estate owners. The message posed as arriving from USA's IRS (Internal Revenue Service) soliciting responses from house/estate owners of their private details.
Furthermore, the researchers state that anyone who thinks he has been victimized with this scam must also lodge a formal complaint at http://www.IC3.gov of the Internet Crime Complaint Center as well as forward the scam electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org of the Federal Trade Commission.
Actually, it's forever advisable that users should avoid answering unsolicited, meaning spam mails, without even following any given web-link as also shun completing online forms sent through e-mails which particularly solicit PII.
The specialists also suggest that users should straight away access the authorized Internet site for the company mentioned within the e-mail rather than follow the web-link. Additionally, they remind that an e-mail sender asking to reply fast is just an effort for making the recipient act likewise after making him feel as though the message is urgent.
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