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Phishing Fraud Attacks ‘Hello’ An Online Fashion Journal

A phishing e-mail campaign is currently attacking fashion magazine, "Hello" according to the specialists on Internet security.

The journal that declared on its formal Internet site that the campaign was a destructive scam warned readers as also fashion aficionados that "Hello" was aware that someone pretending to be a self-employed agent for models was using Hello's name as well as the hellomagazine.com website to dupe people interested in modeling ventures into revealing their photographs and personal information over e-mail.

Providing more information about the scam, 'Hello' stated that the fraudulent e-mail displayed various subject lines as also different message bodies. These included "Wardrobe Stylist Job For You" or "Modeling Job Offer You," while the text mentioned of scope for getting shot for a fashion film for Hello's website. However, Hello's official site declared all that as a hoax for, neither 'Hello' nor its website signed up fashion models through self-employed modeling agents that hunted for related profiles on the Internet.

The journal further stated that it knew of the phishing e-mails' senders as certain people named as Michael Smith and Richard Morgan.

Moreover, 'Hello' said that after analyzing the phishing messages, it noticed several grammatical and spelling errors inside the e-mails.

Thus, warning all 'Hello' readers about the fraudulent, phishing e-mails, the magazine said that if anyone received such modeling e-mails then instead of trusting their text and thereby divulging their private information, they must erase those e-mails at the very outset. It further urged recipients of the scam e-mails that they must also report those e-mails to 'Hello' without any delay.

In the meantime, it is nothing uncommon to have such kinds of modeling phishing messages over the Net. State the security specialists that several similar online agents exist that ask people for personal profiles in connection with videos, movies and magazines whether from fashion models, actors or actresses; however, such agents are mostly a fake.

Therefore, according to the specialists, it is essential that models exercise utmost caution as also verify the model recruiting agent's authenticity along with that of any related journal prior to answering their e-mails with personal information.

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