Facebook’s Ten-Yr Celebration Abused in Fresh Lottery E-mail Fraud, Says Kaspersky
According to Kaspersky the security company, one new lottery e-mail fraud supposedly from Facebook is spreading widely attempting at defrauding end-users into giving away their private data and money. The fraud e-mails have been noticed leveraging the ongoing tenth anniversary of Facebook for giving the scam a rather genuine appearance, the company adds.
The fraudulent electronic mails that pose as messages from "Facebook Rewards Program" tell the recipient that while Facebook celebrates its online journey as well as world communication on the tenth year running, it's happy to declare that Facebook's 'Account-of-the-Year' award ceremony for 2013 has randomly chosen his Facebook account for getting benefited with a USD1,000,000 reward.
The messages then ask the recipient for providing his country of origin along with his Facebook username at certain e-mail id, outlook.com. There's also one web-link taking onto one article of Sydney Morning Herald regarding the movie clips of Facebook revisiting the past in the bogus notification e-mails.
Seemingly, the signing authority of the e-mails is Eduardo Saverin a Facebook co-founder.
Sadly, renowned businesses' or individuals' names are frequently used, similar as that of Facebook, within lottery scams for making people believe there's one true lottery despite no association existing between the two just as the name of Eduardo Saverin been utilized in the aforementioned instance.
Thus, for remaining safe from the above kinds of fraudulent e-mails, it's suggested that users treat unsolicited e-mails with suspicion if they direct to give the recipients' private else other financial information similar as within the aforementioned electronic mail that solicits the so-called awardees country-of-origin and username. Also, it's necessary to talk to the organization, which's the alleged sender of the e-mail for confirmation as within the above instance the recipient should ask Facebook if he's actually been selected as the said winner.
Nevertheless, incase anyone thinks he's been victimized with a scam then he must, without delay, send the dubious electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org of Federal Trade Commission regarding unwanted marketing e-mail. Further, he must inform FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center through a complaint lodged at its www.ic3.gov site followed with erasing the undesirable message wholly from his mailbox.
» SPAMfighter News - 28-02-2014