UK’s Orange Subscribers Attacked with Scam E-mails
Scam e-mails posing as messages sent from Orange, the UK-based service provider of Internet and mobile, are presently circulating online, hitting unwitting Internauts' inboxes, cautions softpedia.com dated October 18, 2013.
Titled as "Customer Services (Orange Notification)," the bogus Orange-spoofed e- mails congratulate the recipient for subscribing to the world's big telecom network and then addressing him as 'Dear Member,' tells that the e-mail contact is being done for informing him about new facilities Orange has added to his A/C profile. The message also states that all Orange members' accounts have been revised with these facilities.
Actually, the e-mails just aren't from Orange. So, if anyone follows the web-links embedded on the messages, he'll be led onto a fake Orange site that'd direct him for accessing his account by logging in.
Once this' done, the user's username-and-password would get handed over to the scammers. After those details are safely saved onto the cyber-criminals-controlled server, the real Orange site would appear on the screen. This'll help to avoid the victim becoming suspicious, remark security analysts.
In the meantime, fraudsters executing the phishing assault are in a position to harvest login credentials followed with utilizing the same for compromising the victim's Orange account. The latter helps block the real account-holder from accessing his account, when the fraudsters would filch any financial/personal details saved therein. The hijacked account would be utilized for spewing more spam or executing fraudulent e-mail assaults on behalf of the victimized user.
Experts state phishing fraudsters routinely aim at clients of global service providers of Internet and phone facilities. Therefore, Internauts are warned of any uninvited electronic mail, which asserts the recipient requires viewing a given attachment else following a web-link for resolving an account problem or making account details up-to-date. The safest way is for logging into one's Internet-account via typing the related URL address inside his Web-browser instead of clicking on any web-link through an e-mail.
Meanwhile, BigPond Telstra the telecom provider in Australia too became the target of e-mail scammers, during May 2013. In that, scam e-mails titled "Telstra Bill-Arrival Notification," directed recipients to follow a web-link and make their billing particulars up-to-date.
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