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Seminar Invitation Email Scam. Beware Of This Online Fraud

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Seminar Invitation Scam

Online Security Dangers. Email Scams, Seminar Invitation

Online Security Dangers. Email Scams, Seminar Invitation

This is another email scam although a bit more convincing and clever than the others. The online security threat seems to come from a legitimate .edu email address (check the image). We are not sure whether this online email scammer has hacked the .edu email address or used some other mapping technic to derive the source of the email. However the contact person that is supposed to arrange ‘free travel’ arrangements for you has a personal email address and is not a .edu email.

You are invited to send in research papers for presentation at a seminar. It is very likely that anyone who falls for this online fraud will have their ‘summary papers’ approved and get an invitiation to the seminar. The email scam claims that travel and visa arrangements will be handled by the institute. It is easy to guess what would happen next. If you do respond to the email, you will get the ‘good news’ that your papers are selected and the ticket arrangements made. You will be asked to contact another person or seminar coordinator for getting the hotel arrangements made. You will ofcourse need to send payment for that expense – wish goodbye to your money.

Please alert your friends, relatives and collegues regarding this email scam. We will refer to this as the seminiar-invitation-scam for further updates or postings.

Beware Of Phone Calls, Online Security Threat

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

If you thought that online security threats were not related to phone calls that you receive, check out this telephone scam that uses online transactions to mess up your finances. This scam has been quite rampant in Asian countries for the last couple of years. Some of these scam ‘call centers’ have been identified and closed but, the ease with which money can be made attracts more fraudsters to the business.

This is a typical case in Thailand. You receive a call on your cell phone, pick the call and you get a recorded message that your credit card bill is overdue and the card is about to be deactivated by your bank. There are a few variations in the call content, at times the recorded message actually gives you a huge figure like 45,000 Baht (1,500 U.S dollars) that is supposed to be pending payment on your card.

The message then continues to ask you to press ‘0’ or ‘1’ for operator assistance. Once you get to the ‘operator’ a real person will try to get all your credit card details. This is basically information required to make an online purchase using the card. It is believed that some companies in China, Taiwan and Malaysia can actually use this information to make a ‘fake’ credit card that can be used to make purchases in stores or online.

While outstanding credit card payments might be a problem for many of us, answering such calls can just add to your financial woes. It is recommended that you always keep your credit card company’s telephone number at hand. Should you receive a such a call, disconnect the line and call your credit card company for clarification and details.

This report has been compiled by the Kaisilver network team. We do hope that you will pass the information to your friends, relatives and collegues. It is only shared information like this that can keep online scammers away.

Upcoming Online Fraud – Visiting Your Country Make Bookings

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Visiting Your Country, Make Online Bookings Fraud.

This online fraud is still unfolding and the all ramifications have not been unveiled as yet. In anycase, do not wait until the entire racket is known. Stay careful now and save yourself from this online threat.

An email is being sent out by a group of fraudsters. The email claims that a certain person (named in the email) and family members (also named in the email) wish to travel for a vacation to ‘your’ country. The country is not named in the email and is referred to as ‘your’ country. The sender of the email requests you to do some bookings for travel and hotels on his behalf.

You are also informed in the email that, the sender will be paying for all the bookings through his credit card. This will be done around 2 weeks before the vacation start date.

This is surely an online scam and it remains to be seen how many people fall for it. You are probably expected to pay for the advance bookings with your credit card. And what happens after that? Let us presume that the email sender does not send you the payment as promised, you could probably cancel the reservations that you made and get away lightly.

The more likely and dangerous thing would be if the email sender actually arrives in your country and does something which is illegal or criminal. The law enforcing authorities will trace back the reservations and find that, they were originally made by you on behalf of the email sender. It could be tough to prove that you are not an accomplice to the crimes commited by the email sender.

Like we mentioned earlier, don’t get curious about the modus operandi of this online fraud. Just ignore such emails and delete them off your system. There is no reason why a genuine traveller to your country, should randomly contact people for making travel and hotel arrangements.

Online Security Threat, Offering Downloads

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Online Security Could Be Threatened By Downloads

This online security threat has sprung up in almost every country. The content of the email could be a bit different but, the damage it can cause is severe and consistent. You get an email with a message like ‘the latest mp3 of Maddona’ or ‘download the save energy screen saver’. You could be asked to download the content or accept the content that is attached to the email.

The download is basically a malware that can compromise your online security. Our network team recently came across an email attachment, it was named QueenMp3.mp3.exe. The message claimed that it was the unreleased music of Queen! While our security team quickly recognized the online threat, a casual computer user might not be so cautious. An average computer user might download the attachment after, checing the file name and finding it to be related to the subject line of the email!.

Beware of this online security threat, the progam that came as an attachment is capable of doing serious damage. If you do financial transactions using credit cards or bank accounts, the damage can be financially harmful. Do share this information with your friends and collegues. Large scale sharing of such important information can help make the internet safer.

Beware Your Parcel Cannot Be Delivered Fraud

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Your UPS, FEDEX Or Other Parcel Cannot Be Delivered

Our network team has drawn our attention to an online fraud that has been doing the rounds for some time. You get an email saying that there is a UPS, FEDEX, DHL or other parcel for you, the courier cannot have it delivered since the address seems to be wrong. You are requested to fill up some private and confidential details and reply to the email. In some cases, we have found that a contact phone number is attached to the email too.

Once you send the contact details which include your phone number, address and probably some ID details, you will receive an email or phone call. The content of the email or call would mention that there is a parcel for you which is being held by the couriers office. You will be requested to pay an amount, like 150 U.S$ or 220 U.S$ (the amount can differ) before the parcel is delivered to you. Details for your payment to be made could be through a bank or through Western Union. You will be informed that the parcel will be delivered the moment your money is received. To make the whole thing more convincing and more tempting, the ‘courier’ might tell you that the value of the parcel is quite high and therefore needs a certain custom duty to be paid.

Once your money reaches the online fraudster, you can bid goodbye to it as nothing will ever come to you. Some of these online frauds are commited using VOIP call services that cannot be traced to a particular phone number or location. In some ASIAN countries, cell phone or mobile phone accounts can be opened by purchasing a SIM card across the counter. You are not even required to produce any identification or proof to get the SIM card. The card can cost as little as 3 to 5 U.S$ dollars. The online fraudster can therefore afford to buy and throw away a SIM card for every fruad that is commited. Remember that the cell phone device itself can be reused with a new SIM card.

If you ever get such an email, do not take any action. If you feel that it could be a genuine courier parcel coming to you, check the name of the courier. Call up the head office of the courier in your locality, country or state and request for information. Remember to get the number from a telephone directory or the official courier website. Do not expect to find a genuine phone number in the email that was sent to you!. Keep your friends and collegues informed of this fraud.

Undisclosed Income Fraud, Beware Of This Online Threat

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

You Have Undisclosed Income – Online Fraud.

This is similar to an online fraud that has been happening for the last few years, however this year’s fraud has an interesting twist. In the earlier fraud, you received an email saying that you were due to receive a tax refund. Private and confidential information was collected from you, this information was ofcourse put to several bad uses. In this new fraud, the email says that you have failed to disclose some income in your tax returns!

This does seem like a serious issue and many receivers would just click on the provided link and disclose all related information. This could be very dangerous and the fraudsters have managed to think up a very convincing and dangerous operation. Kaisilver has monitored a few dozen emails of this type and there seems to be a pattern through all of them. It is a wonder why the FBI and other agencies do not go to the bottom of such frauds. Tracking emails is not tough, a little technological help and some good ideas can lead to the brain on the top of all such frauds. In the meantime, spread the word to your friends, collegues and relatives. That is the only way to increase the online safety factor.

The ATM Card Waiting For You Scandal. Online Security Update.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The ATM Card Money Fraud.

It is the time of the year when many innocent online users are looking for bargains and also making online transaction. While this is a good thing for both buyer and seller, you need to stay updated with the online security threats that are currently going around. Kaisilver continues to monitor various online security issues and warns both buyers and sellers through this exclusive security blog.

The ATM card fraud basically perpetuates through emails. You receive an email saying that an ATM card with thousands or even millions of dollars filled in waiting for you. You could be asked to contact the shipping or courier agent, or just send full details of your name, bank account etc. There is a phone number and contact person mentioned in the email. All this is done to increase your confidence in moving ahead with the transaction. Do not fall for this fraud, you will get nothing and only end up losing money. At times, you receive a similar email from a (supposedly) big courier company. This is a cloak email and does not really originate from FEDEX, DHL, UPS or any other courier. The email says that your card is lying with them and you need to pay a small fee like a few hundred dollars to receive it. You might feel that it is a small amount to pay inorder to receive the millions of dollars that are stuffed in the ATM card! But just forget such ideas and delete the email, you will not get a single cent.

Please pass the above information to your friends and relatives. It is only such open sharing of information that can make the online world safer and more useful. We need to harness the benefits of online commerce while remaining alert about online dangers. This is the best way to proceed.

Online Threat, This Email Fraud Tries To Get Email Login Details

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Beware Of This Online Threat, Email Fraud.

You would have heard of fraud emails that urge you to click and link on the email. This link would take you to a web page that loaded malware on to your computer. Our network team has recently come across another online threat perpetuated through an email. In this case, the fraudster does not request you to click a link on the email, infact there is no link on the email at all. The email tries to get your email login details the easy way. The email informs you that your web hosting company needs to update some systems related to your email. To enable this process you are requested to reply to the email mentioning your email address, the email login and the email access password! Many innocent online users would not doubt the validity of such an email, the details would then be sent to the fraudster.

Make sure that you do not fall for this online threat. Remember that you should NEVER release your email login information to anyone. Do not write down your email passwords in a place that is accessible to others. It is a good idea to change your email password every few months. If you ever doubt that the security of your email account has been compromised, change the password immediately. Please keep shaing these suggestions and tips with your friends and co-workers, we need to build a safer Internet and do this together.

New Online Fraud, The Job Offer Trap

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Beware Of Emails That Offer You A Job.

A recent online fraud is both disgusting and unfortunate. Unemployment has become rampant in many countries, the situation seems to be getting worse as the global economic situation gets weaker. Online fraudsters have taken advantage of the desperate position in which the unemployed find themselves in. An email is sent randomly and claims to contain information of a suitable job for the receiver. In many cases the source of the email claims to be from some huge multinational firm.

As is common with most email frauds, the receiver is expected to click a link for further details. The link contains malware that can compromise the security of your computer and break through your online privacy. This online fraud seems to be the worse type of online security threat. While previous online threats played on the greed of the receiver, this fraud takes advantage of the desperate and pitiable situation in which most unemployed people today find themselves in.

Please pass on this link to everyone you know. The global economic climate is bad and there seems to be no immediate relief in sight. It will be sad if information regarding this online threat is not made available to as many people as possible. Kaisilver will make every effort to warn online users regarding new threats that come up from time to time.

AntiVirXP08 Or Anti Vir XP 08 Is Not An Anti Virus Program

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

If you get a screen on your computer with AntiVirXP08 as the heading, you should know that you computer is infected with malware. This program is sometimes called Anti Vir XP 08 but has nothing to do with cleaning viruses, it does the opposite. The program flashes a message saying that a number of virues (a numeric value is shown) have been detected on your computer. The AntiVirXP08 infact urges you to use your credit card and pay for a subscritpion of Anti Vir XP 08. You will get no anti virus software in return and will most probably be compromising your confidential credit card information!

The AntiVirXP08 malware affects many areas of your hard disk and also changes the registry of windows. Cleaning it is not an easy task and it is best to take the help of an expert. The program is transferred to your computer by clicking a link on a website, in an email. Some users have reported getting it from popular video, music and photo sharing websites. It is probably easier said than done but, the best thing is not to click on strange or unknown links. If you find that your computer is infected with the AntiVirXP08 malware contact a computer expert and have the problem resolved. This is all the more important if you have necessary information on the infected computer.

It is safe to presume that the AntiVirXP08 program is capable of pilfering confidential information that you enter on the infected computer. Bank logins, credit card details and other financial websites like Paypal etc should not be accessed from infected computers. The dangerous part is that this malware was written by one fraudster but is today being used by many people with bad intentions. As usual, no one has been able to track even a single bad person trying to spread the AntiVirXP08 malware. So we are going to have to learn to live with this and other online threats. Spread the word regarding the AntiVirXP08 to your friends and collegeues, send them the link to this report.