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Hoax Skype E-mails in Reality are Phishing Messages

According to security researchers, hoax e-mails posing as messages from Skype the widely used Voice & Internet Protocol (VoIP) are presently aiming at the inboxes of innocent Internauts, reports Help Net Security dated October 4, 2012.

Exhibiting a caption, "Password successfully changed" and drawing the recipient's attention, the fake electronic mail tells the user that a fresh password for his Skype account is ready. Therefore, he may now go to his Account with the changed password, read his call history alternatively reset his A/C configurations. Moreover, incase of correct password change, he needn't do anything further, but, incase something appears wrong then he should click on the embedded "Restore Password" web-link.

Analysts of the scam e-mail in discussion remark it's one kind of phishing crafted for fooling Skype subscribers so they would divulge personal account login credentials. Also, web-links embedded on the e-mail take users onto one fraudulent site, which solicits the victims' Skype login details.

A few variations in the phishing electronic mail may even take onto websites, which host malicious software. The malevolent messages, to look genuine, contain Skype formatting as well as its logos. Therefore, anyone getting the e-mails must neither view its attachments nor follow any given web-link.

Meanwhile, Skype wanting for its subscribers to remain safe from the above stated phishing scam or any likewise has posted online that it won't ever request them to give their password over e-mail, telephone, IM (Instant Message) and so on. It's also important that subscribers on their end keep their passwords protected via not utilizing them as common on other websites, alternatively believing a phishing assault and getting victimized with it, the web-post declares.

Furthermore, incase anybody doubts that scammers have compromised his account alternatively believes so then it's advisable that he visits skype.com followed with resetting his password instantly.

Conclusively, Skype customers getting targeted with destructive phishing e-mail campaign isn't anything new. During September 2012, specialists at Websense the e-mail and Web security provider alerted about certain phishing e-mail assault that conned end-users off their credit card particulars as also other personal information as it pledged of untrue Skype upgrade.

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