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Bogus Aureus University Emails Target Internauts

Internauts must be wary of bogus emails from Aureus University, Aruba, Caribbean (US). Online criminals are employing them to entice Internauts to a phishing site, warn experts', as reported by softpedia.com on December 6th, 2013.

'Aureus University Recruitment and Liaison Services' is the probable sender of the scam emails carrying the subject: "IMPORTANT" and after greeting the recipient of the email with "Hello", it says that it believes the recipient is well! It instructs him to see the document which they have uploaded for him by employing Google Drive. He told to click on a link and login in so as to securely see it. He's told that its' urgent.

The email concludes with "Thanks".

The contact details in the emails together with the address and phone numbers of the University are legit but that's not the end of scam.

Links in the emails don't redirect to Google Drive. In fact victims are taken to a phishing website that emulates Google Drive. The webpage has been hosted on a genuine site compromised by the cybercriminals.

Once here, victims are told to login into their accounts to have a glimpse of the document. So, the cybercriminals don't want just Google details and permit victims to 'login' with their Windows Live, AOL, Yahoo, or other details.

When the details are entered, they are propelled back to the server of attackers and the user is once again sent back to the original Google login webpage. The phishers hope that they will avoid suspicion by redirecting victims to the genuine site.

Hence, if you get a phishing email from Aureus University, do not reply, do not enter your log in credentials to any address and do not click on a link to a website link. These links may open a web page which looks exactly like a web page of University and ask you to login. The email actually goes to an address used by spammers and hackers but it is made to look like from the University, as in above case.

Experts suggest that if you have already replied, then you need to change your password and security questions as soon as possible by contacting hotline desk of Aureus University.

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