EarthLink Subscribers, Recipients of Phishing E-mails: LCSO
As per a warning by LCSO (Lee County Sheriff's Office) in USA, scammers are sending threatening e-mails to account-owners of EarthLink e-mail telling them they must abide by the writer's demands, thus published beach-bulletin.com dated August 10, 2012.
EarthLink, which has its head office in Georgia's Atlanta, the United States, notably, provides IT network, services as well as communications to more than 1m American subscribers.
Addressing recipients as EarthLink 'customers,' the scam electronic mail tells users of earthlink.net e-mail that the company is presently making its e-mail center and database up to date for which it's eliminating all unused accounts. Therefore, it's necessary that account-owners confirm and update their earthlink.net accounts via validating their e-mail identity, so their accounts don't get deleted in the process. The e-mail identity validation can be done via clicking a given web-link and if any earthlink.net account-owner fails to carry out the requested exercise by 7 days of getting the current e-mail, he'll never be able to use his account again, the message warns. Finally, the message ends by expressing gratitude for subscribing to EarthLink
Recipients, notes LCSO, will find that the e-mail is apparently being sent from the Technical Support Division of EarthLink.
Also, worryingly according to officials of the LCSO, it's because of the above kinds of scam e-mails that there has been an increase in phishing online.
However, Officials as also EarthLink specialists provide certain security suggestions for Internauts so they don't get victimized with the scam e-mails. These are: one, sometimes phishing assaults instruct recipients to follow certain web-link apparently for making their account information accurate like in the above described spoofed e-mail. Consequently, users mustn't follow web-links alternatively open attachments within the said kind of e-mails.
Two, such e-mails, in spite of improving, usually have subtle spelling and grammatical errors, which suggest their phishing nature. Three, users must become alert about e-mails that ask for replying immediately like within the aforementioned instance.
Lastly, e-mails which try to 'phish' information off their recipients require being forwarded to the Internet Crime Complaint Center or AntiPhishing.org the watchdog organizations followed with getting deleted permanently.
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