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‘Kogan’ Target of Enormous Phishing Scam

Renowned Internet-based small-scale trader selling mobile devices in Australia namely Kogan declared 4th-week of December 2014 about a phishing scam that struck it in December 2014, thus published mailshark.com.au dated December 22, 2014.

Notably according to security pundits, phishing can be described as one form of fraud in which its operator, the scammer impersonates one genuine organization by mimicking the latter's designs as well as logos followed with asking potential victims for personal information by resorting to fraudulent e-mails that trick them into believing they're in contact with that genuine organization.

But, in the latest phishing scam, no data from Kogan.com got compromised while no secret personal info got leaked out. According to the company, the entire customer data remains totally secure.

The fraudulent electronic mail carries the header "Order Verification" with "Kogan.com" appearing as the sender. There's exact Kogan logo exhibited making the e-mail seem real. The phishing message is moderately convincing. It tells the recipient requires re-verifying his identity by answering back while providing his driver's license as well as one utility bill. Clearly, the message is crafted for grabbing personal information from the recipient.

Within one official statement, Kogan.com indicated the retailer's gratitude towards everyone who had drawn the attention of it and others towards the fake e-mail since that let the company safeguard more people as well as notify everybody in general about the fraud being committed.

Moreover, according to the online trader, the phishing e-mail has several signs of fraudulence.

First, there's absence of personalization in the e-mail which simply uses 'Hey' to address the recipient, unlike normal Kogan e-mails that forever address recipients by their name. Secondly, the sender's domain name in the electronic mail isn't a Kogan domain-name.

Reminding consumers what Kogan never does, the company posted on its authorized online site that it wouldn't ever request them for things like bills, licenses or passports for confirming their identity. It wouldn't ever request for passwords else credit card information over e-mail. Hence if the consumers got any e-mail from someone asking for that kind of information then they must treat such an e-mail with utmost caution.

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