Ramadan Themed Web Frauds Strike Islamic Internauts
According to researchers from BitDefender the security company, cyber-criminals taking advantage of Ramadan the Muslim's religious festive time (20th July-18th August 2012) are unleashing spam e-mail scams while targeting Muslim Internauts who faithfully follow their fast during the festival.
Actually, BitDefender Labs lately came across many spam campaigns against the holy Islamic Internet-users that comprised Nigerian-fashioned fake promises, lures from probable ID-thieves as also overwhelming sale offers from the same.
The company stated that one particular electronic mail posed as a message from one lady, around 20-yrs of age, who greeted "Happy Ramadan to you and family" while sought to associate with a skilled business partner.
With plenty of grammatical mistakes, the fraudulent message had the so-called woman entrepreneur pledge to provide additional details in case the recipient showed an inclination towards helping her.
Meanwhile, a phishing assault themed with Ramadan pretends to be an e-mail from certain Hong Kong bank, while the message, following with a "Happy Ramadan" greeting, suggests the recipient for opening an attached document.
Apparently, the e-mail writer addressing the reader as "Dear Friend," introduces himself as Ahmed XXXX an official member of the Board of a Hong Kong situated XXXX Bank followed with luring the user to extend help in transference of a share. It tells that the recipient can specify any preferred account where the enormous sum will be deposited prior to asking him for an endless bunch of information any phisher could effectively extract.
Moreover, alongside the Ramadan-related Nigerian or identity theft e-mail scams, several commercial junk e-mails also are promoting various items like gastronomic delights, cosmetic scents, 'abayas' along with PC tablets as Ramadan gifts of wonderful and lovable kinds for children.
And while product advertising spam scatter online, many business websites using the domain name .pk from Pakistan lately were poorly rated when the "Web of Trust" examined their pages for malicious programs, bad Internet purchasing encounters, scams, or phishing.
Eventually, it's important that consumers keep themselves safe from the cyber-crooks by ensuring their Internet-connected machines are safeguarded, failing which their financial or other personal information may get unwittingly snatched this season.
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» SPAMfighter News - 15-08-2012