Bogus E-mails Disguised as Vendors of E-mail Service Circulating
According to security experts, Internet-users should look out for fake e-mails, which pose as messages sent from Yahoo, BT, Microsoft or Google, the popular providers of e-mail service, reported softpedia.com dated August 22, 2013.
The fraudulent messages notify recipients that their e-mail accounts are infected with virus.
Drawing attention of the person holding an e-mail account, the fake e-mail tells that the sender has information about the former's e-mail having a virus infection. Therefore, he's urged not to take down software he's unfamiliar with from any electronic mail. The virus can, however, be deleted while the e-mail account restored if the user clicks a given web-link. Further he's advised that he read the electronic mail having the title "You have one message Alert."
Although initially the e-mail looks real, actually it isn't any communication from an e-mail service vendor. Rather it's an attempt at duping Internauts so they would give away personal e-mail login info.
Also, hitting on the web-link takes the user onto a deceptive site, which displays a bogus login form for his e-mal account. Subsequently, he's directed for entering his account's login particulars that will help eliminate the virus followed with getting his account retrieved.
But, when the user submits his username and password for his e-mail account, it's really the scammers who garner the information and utilize it for compromising the original account. The purpose behind this is distributing spam and other harmful e-mails through the compromised account, security analysts contend.
Nevertheless, for remaining safe from the above kind of phishing e-mails, Internet-users are advised for being aware about any e-mail which insists they click a given web-link else view an attachment for rectifying certain virus problem, of course by updating account info, as is extremely observable in any phishing trick.
Meanwhile, anybody thinking he's getting scammed must immediately reset his password as also not use it elsewhere. The new password must be unique with capital as well as lower case alphabets along with an unusual number and character arrangement. The most common setting found in users' passwords is the number series "123456," which fraudsters so easily crack, warn the experts.
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