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Beware of Phony Emails, Vodafone Users

Vodafone users should be cautious nowadays of malicious emails impersonating the telecom giant, reported softpedia.com dated June 4, 2013.

The title of the message tells the Internaut that his Vodafone online account is being managed free of cost. The content of the email tells the email recipient that his Vodafone account online is getting managed. The recipient is thanked for renewing his personal details. He is also gladly informed about Vodafone's new system update.

To complete this new change, the recipient is told to verify his email address. For this he is required to click on a link furnished within the text of the email and also by entering his username and password.

The recipient is told to visit Vodafone's help center if he has any related queries.

If any further assistance is desired the recipient is asked to call Vodafone's support team on its helpline numbers. In case the email recipient doesn't have a Vodafone phone he is given alternative numbers for pay monthly, for business, for pay as use schemes.

Users who click on the link furnished within the email are diverted to a phony webpage, a mirror-image of the genuine Vodafone website. Here such users are asked to submit their credentials like username and password so that they are able to login into the Vodafone's "updated" system. On the malicious website, once login details are entered, unsuspecting users are driven to a second webpage that gratitude them for updating their details. Once this is over, users are directed to click the "Proceed" button.

Once the details are entered and "Proceed" clicked, victims are diverted to the genuine Vodafone website.

The whole scam is a well- designed plot to grab account details from unsuspicious Vodafone subscribers, experts analyzing the scam email commented. Vodafone has nothing to do with the scam email.

Moreover, this is not the first time that Vodafone has been targeted by cyber scammers. In mid-May 2013, emails urging recipients to view their message by clicking on a link were discovered. Hovering over the link displays that the website address was not www.vodafone.co.uk indicating the email was a phishing attempt trying to gather user account credentials.

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