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Security experts: internet fraudsters are becoming more and more creative

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPhishing attacks and massive SPAM volumes have long since become a usual thing. It would seem such Internet frauds are easily recognizable. However, according to data from eScan anti-virus solution, Internet fraudsters are becoming more and more creative.

Fraudsters come up with new ways of fooling Internet users. They send e-mails signed allegedly by LinkedIn, Youtube, Skype and other global corporations.

In the past fraudsters often used e-mails hoping to get sympathy and compassion from recipients. Usually these letters contained ‘cries for help’ from unlucky wealthy people who cannot use the vast sums of money on their accounts for whatever reason. Sometimes such e-mails contain information regarding riches left by ‘relatives’ after their passing. In both cases the sender asks recipients to provide their personal information or even transfer a sum of money to cover alleged costs of transferring large sums of money.

«Lately we have seen a rise in popularity of e-mails that copy the format of notifications of Youtube, LinkedIn, Skype or other global corporations. Such e-mails are often short, only a couple of sentences long, in order to raise less suspicion. Fortunately, fraudsters often make mistakes. Unsuspecting or careless users can nonetheless make mistakes and click on links attached to those letters,» – explains eScan representative in Baltic States, Baltimax regional manager Sergei Romanovskis.

Security experts say Internet fraudsters also take more time to make their e-mails as presentable and believable as possible. Phishing e-mails may contain logos of global corporations, but the fact that those are fake letters can is revealed if the recipient looks at the sender’s address and the hyperlink in the e-mail.

For example, a user receives an e-mail from LinkedIn social network, but the sender’s address is not @linkedin.com but something like @joranli.com. The hyperlink attached to the e-mail usually looks like linkedin.com/trk?act=viewMessage…, but leads to a completely different page. Destination of hyperlinks can be checked by simply hovering the mouse cursor over the link without clicking on it.

In order to avoid unpleasant and potentially painful consequences, eScan security experts recommend avoiding clicking on hyperlinks. If users do have accounts registered with social networks or other websites, it is best to log in and check the account for any notifications.

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