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Visa Cardholders Targeted with Scam E-mail

Online scammers are targeting the sector for financial services by sending Visa clients one fresh phishing e-mail in an ongoing malicious campaign, reported sun.com.na dated June 4, 2012.

Visa, whose owner is an American company, is widely acclaimed for its branded debit and credit cards. During the end-week of May 2012, it issued an alert asking its customers for remaining watchful for an e-mail that posed to arrive from Visa as it imitated the 'Business News' template of the company most accurately.

Displaying a caption, "Visa Business - Update your Point of Sale retail," and drawing the customer's attention, the mentioned fraudulent electronic mail stated on behalf of Visa that for abiding with the CISP (Cardholder Information Security Program), the card company diligently assisted payment system end-users realize in an improved way their onus for safeguarding personal data related to their cards. The e-mail recipient had been contacted since the company's database showed him as one perfect Point-of-Sale (POS) player, the fake e-mail continued.

Thereafter, the e-mail provided one fresh "Triple Data Encryption Standard" directive with the request to users for clicking a web-link that apparently pulled down a manual as well as loaded their POS system update.

Remarking about the above stated fraudulent e-mail, Dixon Norval Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications at Namibia's First National Bank (FNB) cautioned on behalf of the bank as well as Visa that anybody getting likewise e-mails must never follow their web-links alternatively view their attachments. Sun.com.na published this.

In fact, in case an end-user gets any Visa e-mail, which he doubts is false, he should immediately contact Visa for verifying the authenticity of that message. Besides, customers can as well send such an e-mail at phishing@visa.com for helping in carrying out an investigation.

Meanwhile according to Visa, it'll adopt suitable measures against the e-mail scam by partnering with law enforcement and other anti-phishing agencies.

Eventually, Visa falling target to fraudsters isn't anything unknown. During February 2012, security researchers detected phishing e-mails that had both false as well as real information included, while telling recipients for creating one fresh own 'Verified by Visa Account' password.

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