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British Telecom Cautions Consumers about Fraudulent Phishing E-mails

Well-known telecommunications company British Telecom, whose main office is in London, UK, has issued an alert to its subscribers about fraudulent e-mails currently doing the rounds while attempting at deceiving them into giving away the credentials of their accounts, published softpedia.com in news on January 13, 2014.

The fake e-mails captioned "Update your@bt," notify the recipients that BT Mail just made the security level for its customers up to date for stopping spywares or hackers from infiltrating subscribers' mailbox. Therefore, for finishing this upgrade, users require clicking a given link as also logging in for updating their A/C security, the e-mails conclude.

But, the web-link provided leads onto one phishing page spoofing BT Yahoo! Here, users are directed that they must key in their e-mail ids as well as passwords. Once these details have been entered, the victims get diverted onto the real login page of Yahoo!

Notably, according to security analysts, while the phishing messages look up to date for 2014, same isn't for the phishing website.

British Telecom urges its subscribers that in case a spoofed BT electronic mail lands into their inbox, they shouldn't follow any web-link embedded on it as also not answer it alternatively contact its dispatcher. Moreover, they mustn't provide any information via the web-link in the scam e-mail.

BT further suggests customers who may've already provided personal information as way of answering the fake BT e-mail, alternatively a similar telephone call, to instantly inform BT Customer Service for safeguarding their financial or other personal details. They can as well get technical assistance via www.BT.Com/help that gives guidelines regarding the way subscribers can report phishing electronic mails to the company.

In the meantime, it isn't just the BT telecom major, which got struck with a phishing scam online, during the last months. For, during December 2013, phishing e-mails posing as messages from Vodafone the cell-phone service provider, emerged while encouraging recipients to follow one web-link for seeing their bill on the Internet. This was bait for users so they would be tricked into revealing personal A/C login credentials for the benefit of the cyber-criminals.

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