With Email Scams Galore, Guard Your Passwordby Tim Manni
The recession seems to have brought the hackers and spammers out in full force. Our previous posts on fraud have received a lot of attention since they’re obviously of some concern and interest to our readers. We’ve told you about the scams that have pervaded social networking sites like Tagged.com and FaceBook.com and the massive fraud attached to Federal spending. The latest tale involves email phishing — a scam which preys on the unwary and inattentive.
Earlier this week we saw reports that potentially millions of Hotmail.com passwords were compromised, reportedly as part of a large phishing scam. The hackers created a website that was designed to look identical to Hotmail.com in order to fool customers into logging in.
Yet, after officials warned Hotmail customers of the security breach and advised them to change their passwords, a similar scam attacked several other high-profile email providers:
Up to 21 million people and businesses who use the Hotmail service in the UK were warned they are potentially at risk of being defrauded after passwords were acquired illegally.
Around 10,000 passwords were obtained by hackers who created a fake website identical to Hotmail’s to fool users into entering their email address and password in a ‘phishing’ scam.