New Phishing Scam Defrauds Customers of Poste Italiane
According to researchers from BitDefender the security company, a clever phishing scam is aiming at Italy's Poste Italiane the country's post office as well as bank operator to send spam mails to customers while tricking them into revealing the authentication details related to personal Internet money accounts.
The fraudulent phishing e-mail makes a formal note to customers that Poste Italiane's prepaid PostePay facility has been withdrawn from them and that they require to make active, the just introduced online security system of the service for themselves within August 16, 2013 so as to reinstate access.
The e-mail also states that for adopting the fresh security system, it's necessary that customers validate their identification information through one given web-link leading onto certain login site on which, however, they've to enter personal data including security card code, card ID, username and password.
But, if the data is entered, cyber-criminals get just everything required for gaining hold over any money present inside the hijacked A/Cs, pretend to be the victims, alternatively utilize the data for subsequent spam outbreaks or ID fraud.
Moreover, the criminals in attempts towards making the scam appear increasingly real as also to enhance its success rate have launched the same around 1st February 2012 the date of Poste Italiane's starting of its improved security system.
The improved online safety measures let customers experience risk-free payments that include charging up PostePay, pay bills and phone cards via the Net.
BitDefender, referring to Poste Italiane, states that the public may keep becoming victimized with the above form of assault as the service simultaneously gets customers who are usually elderly, rural folks alternatively novice teenagers. These people mayn't accurately get the security alerts that security firms, media alternatively ISPs e-mail thus making them convenient attack points for cyber-criminals.
The security company also reports that the current Poste Italiane assault emerged just months following a previous one targeting Poste Italiane users. In that, the fraud tricked users into validating personal login credentials claiming they were required for maintenance purposes.
Researchers at BitDefender suggest PC-users for instantly contacting their financial institution incase they've doubts of an e-mail.
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» SPAMfighter News - 08-10-2012