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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Password Phishing Scam - from UGANDA

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Just a quick alert: Through the night, I was woken twice, by my Mobile Phone's message beeping.

When I looked at the messages, thinking there was a family crisis, as that would be the only reason I can think of in the wee hours, imagine how angry I became when I saw what it was ...

"Windows Live Password Reset Code: 1234567" and "Windows Live Password Reset Code: 2345678", or whatever it was, exactly.

Then, doing nothing with it, I went back to sleep, because I knew that I had not requested a change to my Windows Live Password for my Messenger IM.

This morning, I referred the matter to my friend, Nitecruzr, who is an expert in the field of Network Security, and he laid my fears to rest - "It's a Password Phishing Scam, designed to get people with Internet Access on their Smart Phone/ Mobile Phones, to open a Browser session and use the reset code."

I felt a little more dopey, when, after my first cup of coffee, I noticed the originating phone number - +45 60993100000. That's the country code for UGANDA, and MS Windows Live don't have an office there, I don't think! haha. Maybe, American Express does!

So, be careful - these bastards will trick some people, I'm sure!

See also: Microsoft does NOT

p.s. - There is also a current scam on Skype, too. You get a call "Notification". It's from a recorded voice, telling you that your computer is at serious risk of a major malfunction, and that you should navigate to a certain site, and follow the instructions (destructions, if the truth be known). Ignore it - and block it - report it as SPAM.


1 comment:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Roberto .. thanks for these two alerts .. I'd pick those up - but many wouldn't ...

Great that you're warning us to beware = THANKYOU!!

Cheers Hilary