Previously, we covered the Australian Taxation Office scam that swindled people into handling their bank account and credit card details to the scammer operating behind the veils of a legitimate source. Next on the similar page, we now have Western Union Money Transfer scam which is; perhaps, more problematic than the one we have covered before.
As the time passes and more advancements have been embraced by the technology, online scammers and all the other people working in muddling bad internet stuff with the good and legitimate stuff over internet have now become powerful in their efforts in fiddling and defrauding innocent people into believing in the deceptive material
Let’s take a good look at what they have planned for you this time!
Not many people are aware of the cunning ways these bad guys plan their scams in. And this time, using Western Union as bait clearly indentifies their target. Yes, you must have guessed it now. The aim, this time, is those people who either have someone living overseas or the person who lives overseas himself. They know that email communication is generally a preferred medium when distances take a longer figure between two ends and usually people living in overseas send their remittances via Western Union Money Transfer because of the feasibility and reliability factor being involved in here.
So, they designed their trap in exactly the way they know people would react it to. A malicious email containing a virus in its attachment and a subject of ‘MONEY TRANSFER INFORMATION’ from the source email looking nearly legitimate is the best trap for someone who is naïve as well as in a vulnerable state as he or she is expecting a remittance from abroad.
It was detected that the attachment containing ‘More information’ envelops a malware named as ‘Mal/Zbot-CX’.
“Mal/Zbot-U is a network-aware computer worm which attempts to replicate across existing networks. Mal/Zbot-U requests malicious files from the Internet and has the ability to send out email messages with a built-in SMTP client engine which can send private emails directly to a recipient mail server for malicious purposes. Mal/Zbot-U contains characteristics of an identified security risk and should be removed from the system.” – SpyWare Remove
Save you privacy and security from being seriously compromised and avoided opening attachments from emails that has anything to do with your money or the money you are likely to receive. Confirm the source first by either calling them or visiting their office physically. Moreover, keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. And last but the most important step that you must not forget is keeping your important data secured and encrypted.
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