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Fresh Phishing Campaign Involving Spoofed E-mails to Military Members

According to a warning by DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting Service), one fresh phishing scam has been found hitting the inboxes of military service personnel both current and retired as well as civilian employees who are recipients of disability compensation. Gcn.com published this in news on April 16, 2012.

Enticing recipients with promises about more disability allowance, the above associated phishing e-mail tricks service members into surrendering personal information, the DFAS website describes in a post while advising everyone getting the kind of e-mail towards refraining from answering it.

Moreover, exhibiting one fake .mil e-mail id, the spoofed message seems as being sent from an employee at DFAS. It states that disability compensation recipients getting the allowance from the Office of Veterans Affairs may as well be entitled for receiving cash from Internal Revenue Service familiarly known as IRS, according to the DFAS. The e-mail fraud directs the message receivers for sending their Veterans Affairs authorized-award communications, completed 1099-R forms as well as other relevant papers, in addition to properly file their IT returns, by contacting one Florida-based retired colonel, who actually doesn't exist.

The DFAS cautions users not to abide by the advices they may find in the spoofed message for, that may actually lead them to give away all of their private data to someone totally unknown followed with theft of their finances. Gcn.com reported this on April 16, 2012.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service reiterates that it won't be dispatching to citizens any unsolicited e-mail, particularly having so badly written an attachment as in the current instance alternatively, post them letters directing them for wiring cash towards claiming certain benefits, which are unbelievably true. Hence, people getting such e-mails must be extremely careful and do everything necessary to ward off the cyber-criminals, the agency reasons. 315aw.afrc.af.mil reported this back in April 9, 2012.

In the end, similar to the above, the Defense Forces of United States have encountered online phishing scams earlier too. Overall a point of caution is that variants of such scams may further occur that exploit people's trust in whatever form that may be.

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