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ACS Internet Subscribers Hit by Phishing E-mails

Alaska Communications Systems (ACS) (Alaska, US) said that its Internet e-mail users should be vigilant against a phishing mail presently hitting their inboxes, as reported by KSRM on July 15, 2009.

Reports about the phishing scam received till now have revealed that this fake mail is informing web users of ACS that the company (ACS) is planning to delete all unused Alaska.net webmail accounts to make more space for new accounts.

Moreover, the fake mail asks the recipient to verify his username, password and date of birth.

Heather Cavanuagh Director of Corporate Communications, ACS, said - the company is examining it and those who have got this mail should erase it immediately rather than opening it. It is trying to unlawfully acquire private details, as reported by KSRM on July 15, 2009.

According to security experts, because of online threats such as the one curtailed by ACS, several subscribers click on the phishing mail to give their details to the firm sending the forged mail.

Actually, this is the most general and simple method of phishing used by spammers to steal the private and monetary details of customers by making them victims of a phishing mail scam.

ACS informs that it never asks for private and monetary details through mail like the one being asked in the present phishing mail. Therefore, the company's subscribers should always keep in mind this fact and use it as a standard to distinguish between authentic and bogus mails.

Meanwhile, ACS has posted a message on its official site that if any subscriber gets any suspicious mails, he should forward the mail to spam@uce.gov and the Anti-Phishing Working Group at reportphishing@antiphishing.org. Moreover, the customers are told to report the suspicious mail to ACS.

ACS explains on its official website that the Anti-Phishing Working Group is an organization made to fight against phishing frauds. It includes 680 member companies made up of eight of top ten US financial institutions and four of the leading five internet service providers.

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