Phishing E-mail Campaign Attacks People with US Visas
Nationals holding US visas were recently cautioned about one phishing e-mail that supposedly originated from the 'US Department of State,' published visabureau.com dated March 29, 2012.
In its warning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that the persuasive electronic mails contained a formal-appearing caption while notified the visa-holders about them being amongst the 50,000 winners who'd been chosen to be permanent residents under the Diversity Immigrant Visa Scheme, or popularly called the Green Card Lottery.
An individual representing the FBI stated that the bureau forever urged people to be wary of claims that were unbelievably true. Visabureau.com published this.
The representative stated that the bureau had got reports of the particular scam, which posed as communication from the Government of United States; therefore, anybody getting the unsolicited e-mails must regard them with extreme suspicion.
One Australian citizen Ian Jopson, a Web-designer, resident and employee in USA stated that he managed to fast recognize the fraudulent e-mail. Foxnews.com published this on March 28, 2012.
Jopson continued that the e-mail's caption "Congratulations, you've won!" elated him as his name had been rolling within the sweepstake for green card selection since many years. Momentarily he thought the electronic mail was real. But when he read in it that the user required sending $900 to the London-situated embassy via Western Union to cover 'processing fees,' he became alert.
One more indication that the e-mail was somewhere malicious pertained to its demand for a confirmation missive, which should be dispatched, following the payment's completion that clearly proved it as a fraud. Moreover, a given e-mail id 'lottery[at]usa-green-card-dv-lottery.com' was unlike any of the normal official ids that ended with '.gov,' Jopson pointed out.
Moreover, according to a New York lawyer Jason Stern, who deals with Internet-based cases, there wasn't anything sophisticated about the scam; however, it got increasingly perilous as it particularly attacked desperate immigrants wanting for making their stay in USA permanent. Visabureau.com published this.
Meanwhile, one likewise e-mail emerged during June 2011, which applauded its recipient for being the so-called winner of a US Permanent Resident Card via the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.
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