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Fresh Scam E-mail Circulating Aimed at O2 Subscribers

According to specialists from Sophos the security company, with the mobile network of O2 collapsing during mid-July 2012 across UK, scammers are once more sending fake e-mails to the company's customers purporting to be from O2 and claiming to be associated with an update for their accounts' security.

Displaying the header "O2 Online Security," the scam electronic mail states that as already informed during the company's last update, O2 desires for compensating its service loss to its customers that occurred during the recent weeks. The problem that occurred was for the first time while O2 understands the difficulty and exasperation caused to people affected during the particular single-day period.

The e-mail then states that O2 has been able to identify all its clients who'd been directly impacted that is, those who couldn't connect their devices to the company's system. The company is thankful to each of its customers who stood by it during the difficult time, and to recognize that it's providing a ten pound O2 voucher to all customers for making purchases at the store, the message continues.

Subsequently it tells that the recipient requires following one web-link embedded on the e-mail so he can install the mentioned fresh online security program for safeguarding his account.

However, following the web-link leads end-users onto one bogus login page supposedly of O2 and if they feed in their login credentials, those merely get captured into the fraudsters' repository, Sophos outlines.

Luckily, during mid-July 2012, whilst O2's service was revived, the company with due apologies to its clients promised for compensating affected users. Specifically, the company said that it would deduct 10% off the affected users' subscription fees for July 2012 alternatively, provide an additional 10% of their service utility during September 2012.

But, alongside the promise, O2 distinctly cautioned of probable phishing e-mails on account of the incident, therefore recommended subscribers to overlook such messages.

Meanwhile, Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley of Sophos advised Internauts that they must forever be careful regarding any web-link within an e-mail they followed, as also think again prior to supplying their private details, published nakedsecurity.sophos.com dated July 31, 2012.

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