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IC3 Cautions about Hoax E-mails Appearing Like Utility Firms’ Messages

The Internet Crime Complaint Center's law enforcement officers have issued an alert to everyone of one fresh scam e-mail that's presently circulating online. The fraudulent electronic mails seem as being sent from utility firms, published loansafe.org dated April 3, 2012.

Notifying recipients about a supposed fresh invoice, the e-mail says that they've to pay it. (The invoice apparently is given as an attachment to the electronic mail.) Thereafter, the message directs the reader that he should open the attachment so he can see the invoice. But, in reality there's one PC-virus in the form of a zipped archive within the attachment.

In conclusion the e-mail says that the reader has been sent the electronic mail since he's a regular receiver of this utility firm's electronic bills. But plentiful people getting the e-mail are situated within different parts of USA, who don't utilize the services of this utility firm.

Meanwhile, according to the law enforcement officers, the agency has got more than 40 complaints starting May 2011 regarding receipts of one uninvited electronic mail pretending to be from certain electric providing utility firm.

Disturbingly, according to the officers, it's because of the above kinds of scam e-mails, which has resulted in such a rapid speed of malware increases over the Net.

They (officers), however, suggest that one can save himself from such e-mails and their defrauding attempts by simply not viewing the e-mails particularly if their senders' addresses are unknown. More importantly, one mustn't click on their attachments, as that may result in viruses infecting and stealing from the computer.

Actually, in such instances, the e-mail recipient must call the organizations claiming as the e-mails' senders and verify about the genuineness of the messages. In the same way, incase an unknown organization e-mails someone telling him he owes it certain payment, that person should immediately realize it's a fraud, officers highlight.

Now, in another similar e-mail scam, US businessmen were recently targeted with fake e-mails, which reportedly mentioned about Better Business Bureau getting complaints over the Net regarding many illegitimate transactions received inside the business accounts of those businessmen from several accounts with private banks.

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