Internauts Warned of Fake Facebook Wall-Posts, E-mails Supposedly from Tesco
According to researchers from ESET the security company, Internauts require being wary of scam e-mails along with fake posts from Facebook that Tesco the MNC for grocery as also common merchandise products is supposedly distributing online.
Displaying a header "Customer Satisfaction Survey" as well as showing Tesco.email@example.com in the sender's field, the scam electronic mail tells the recipient that he's the lucky one to answer a survey by Tesco that'll also gain him one gift certificate worth EUR50. However, to furnish the details in a form and subsequently get the reward, he requires clicking a given web-link.
Moreover, the e-mail tries to appear real and lawful, so it states that it's an automated missive requiring no reply.
Indeed, the e-mail seeming to be from Tesco.ie, while having one German address looks greatly unusual that becomes completely so when the questionnaire actually directs the user to give his entire credit-card information.
Frighteningly, giving away personal information especially one's credit card details for a supposed reason viz. facilitating direct deposition of the EUR50 prize, would certainly make somebody extremely joyous, nevertheless, it'll not be the recipient whose card balance instead of rising would just become the opposite.
Moreover, IT Security and Cyber-Crime Analyst Urban Schrott at ESET warns of one more scam circulating on Facebook, wherein, a friend's account displays one wall-post that asserts that "Free Tesco Vouchers" are available requiring immediate action as apparently, merely a few remains. Siliconrepublic.com published this dated September 6, 2012.
Schrott explains that taking action i.e. clicking will possibly cause spam mails being sent from the user's account giving the same missive whereas the URL he's led onto will just contaminate his PC with unwanted applications or adware, make him land on survey scams alternatively, divert him onto another fake site.
Eventually, it isn't just the super brand-name Tesco which scammers have targeted lately. During the end-week of August 2012, security researchers identified scam e-mails posing as one "Customer-Satisfaction-Survey" that Woolworth an Australian mega-market franchise supposedly distributed asserting that there was one gift certificate valuing $50 for the recipient if he simply followed a web-link as also answered a brief five-query survey.
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