The Fine Art of Phishing, Or Suckers In Love
Email scams seem to be getting more and more sophisticated. I got two this weekend that I hadn’t seen before: One nearly fooled me into trotting off to Paypal and giving up practically all my personal data, the other almost convinced me I was being pursued for love.
Oh, and if you do go to the website in question, which looks like a PayPal website, the scammers will ask for your Full Name, Address, Phone contacts, Credit Card information, Bank account information, Social Security Number, Card PIN Number, Date of Birth, Mother’s maiden name, Driver Licence Number, Email address and PayPal Password. As Daniel puts it: “What we’re looking at here is nothing less than full on indentity theft. The information the phishers would glean from victim with this scam would more or less allow them to do anything as that person. I’ve not seen a phishing scam go to such lengths before.”
The second scam was weirder:
YOU HAVE RECEIVED A LOVE COMPATIBILITY TEST
You have received a love compatibility test, see how compatible you are by
answering the 20 simple love compatibility questions.
The link was to a page on a website www.lovecompatibilitytester.com and so looks harmless enough. At worst, you think, it’s spam; at best someone really cares about you… But no. Daniel’s taken a look and says going to the link will actually try to install a virus — possibly one called Pinfi — which is probably a password grabber. What surprised me with this is that scammers would go to such lengths in social engineering to lure the unwary. My guess: Just like the lovebug worm, there’s no sucker like a sucker in love. Be warned. Scams are getting smarter.
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19. January 2004 by jeremy
Categories: Malware | Tags: Cybercrime, Daniel McNamara, driver, E-mail spam, Electronic commerce, Password, PayPal, PayPal Pte. Ltd., phishing, social engineering | 3 comments