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Commtouch Claims Facebook Password Reset E-mail to be a Scam

According to security experts from Commtouch, cyber crooks have once again intervened into the once popular facebook e-mail scam on password resetting.

The scam e-mail with the subject line 'notification pending' notified the recipient that in response to their e-mail on resetting their password, a link has been already sent. The mail is a reminder that this action needs to be completed soon either by clicking the link or cancelling it.

In an effort to look authentic and genuine to the e-mail recipient, the e-mail also asks the recipient that in case of any queries they can visit help centre of facebook.

As Commtouch researchers disclosed in a blog post, that this fake e-mail targets facebook and ends on behalf of a facebook team.

'If the e-mail recipient chooses to click the link furnished in the fake e-mail, they will visit a fake website, such as smallscalebuisness.com and then be redirected to wiki pharmacy,' explains Avi-Turiel, Director of product marketing at Commtouch in a statement published by infosecurity-magazine on June 5, 2012.

Wiki pharmacy gives discount drugs to the users of internet who are laced by cruel plot.

Notably, wiki pharmacy is a rogue online pharmacy that declares to be credited by Better Business Bureau (BBB) and food and drug administration (FDA). All these acclamations created by online pharmacy are outright lie, security expert added.

Disturbingly, spam campaigns of the above mentioned type once again bring to light the fact that, pharmaceutical spam is the major group around all spam types that is distributed by cybercriminals and is significantly increasing, expert commented.

Also, this is not the first time that email spammers are using Wikipedia's instant brand recognition name in a spam campaign. In April 2012, a spam campaign that started with an email that looks as if it came from Wikipedia claiming that the recipient, needed to verify the email address was spotted. As per the Symantec researchers who found that the batch of spam emails, the message gave the recipient what looked like an easy out; that the recipient was "free to cancel this message" by clicking on the link which leads to spam email.

Related article: Commtouch Releases its Latest Report on Trends of E-Mail Threats

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