Unexpectedly Daring Phishing Scam Strikes Amazon.com
Amazon.com is one of the companies that could easily vie with eBay for the designation of "King of Internet Sales". Therefore it is certain that somebody, from the phisher's community would try to fake the online retailing leader, according to the April 8, 2007 edition of Post-gazette.
This crack to impersonate Amazon.com was remarkably daring as opposed to the efforts of e-Bay phishing. During the phishing of e-Bay, a phony site attempted to impersonate as the eBay auction site and when prospective targets were conveyed to the phony eBay site, those attracted to any of the auction stuff -- were persuaded to e-mail the defrauder straightaway at firstname.lastname@example.org to continue with the auction, as per reports in April 9, 2007s PCworld issue.
The Amazon.com phishing took care not to ask for private or account details through e-mail. In this case, the phisher stated that Amazon's "current account confirmation process " might actually demand a photocopy of their photo ID.
A few phishing e-mail receivers declare that though they have got many fraud e-mails but have never witnessed one that demanded a photo ID proof. The next oddity about phishing e-mails is that they are very shoddy in imparting the most decisive factor in phishing scam: the hyperlink to your reply.
As per security authorities, these links are the most popular and effectual technique of misleading net users to tour phony sites.
Security analysts allege that these links have spotlit textual matter urging you to "Click here," or presents a website name like "www.amazon.com." Yet, no matter what it states, the HTML (simplest computer language for establishing Internet sites) address following the link will lead you to the phisher's phony site upon clicking.
The fake e-mail, professing to be from Amazon.com, contains an absurdly lengthy fake link, guiding you to the phisher's bogus site.
The fraud e-mail will display the HTML that's generally concealed, letting you understand clearly that it actually doesn't want you to pay a visit to a page at Amazon.com, but another web site at toreon.ee -- don't ever attempt it follow the link, instead push the delete button.
» SPAMfighter News - 4/17/2007
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