Spam Mails Spoofing Western Union Detected
Security researchers from GFI Software the security company warn that numerous malicious e-mails posing as coming from the communications and financial services company Western Union situated in USA are presently circulating online.
Displaying headers such as "Agent WU special action needed," else "Agent WU urgent action needed," the spam mails addressing Western Union Agents tell recipients that according to the Western Union Agent Portal, there are important alterations in the terms and conditions of work as well as the compensation mechanism. That the user may increase the time-span of his contract, he requires perusing the documents as also submitting the form by signing it, both of which are given as attached files in the e-mail, the message continues.
And while Western Union apologizes for causing inconvenience it also requests the agent (e-mail recipient) not to unnecessary delay the deal rather act upon it at the earliest, it states.
Eventually, signing off the e-mail is "Western Union Agent Coordination Dept."
But definitely Western Union hasn't sent the e-mail nor do the attachments contain what's claimed inside the e-mail text. Instead there is malware in the attachments that is normally the infamous ZeuS or ZBot variants, state the security researchers.
Additionally, according to the researchers, incase anyone has by now downloaded as well as executed the file in the absence of anti-virus software then his computer is most likely to be infected with the Trojan hectically filching passwords.
They further add about scammers who have repeatedly used fake electronic mails supposedly from Western Union for defrauding Internauts into giving away their financial and other personal information. In fact, Western Union won't ever dispatch an uncalled for e-mail, which directs the recipient for reviewing information alternatively providing his private details via clicking a web-link or viewing an attachment. Therefore, e-mails of the kind must be regarded as dubious.
It is advisable that anyone getting an aforementioned kind of e-mail -like one spoofing Western Union- should first refrain from viewing or downloading any attachment, second refrain from clicking any dubious web-link, third, use firstname.lastname@example.org to send the unsolicited e-mail, followed with erasing it instantly.
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