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DateFriday, March 09, 2012

Western Union Scam Tricking Irish

Western Union Email Warning of Scam is a Scam to Con Irish Computer Users to Reveal Usernames And Passwords




ESET, the global anti-virus company, is warning Irish computer users to be on their guard as an email pretending to be a "scam warning" is making the rounds.



According to ESET the email, which is disguising itself to appear as though it's from Western Union, is itself a scam to trick Irish computer users into giving up their usernames and passwords.



Many instances of a new email scam with a title "- Your account can be accessed from an unauthorized computer -" have been spotted in the last few days.



What is particularly perfidious about this particular work of cybercriminals is that it appears to be a warning against a scam while being a scam itself. See Image Above Right.



Western Union's Dublin address is added to reassure the Irish computer users the warning is legitimate and to make them click on the link that is supposed to reveal their Western Union message alert. Upon clicking the link the site requires the user to log in with their credentials, and by doing that the bad guys get hold of the username and password, enabling them to log into the real Western Union in the victim's name and abuse the service for their purposes.



Anyone receiving such or a similar email should disregard it and flag it as spam. Do not click on the link, as sometimes even clicking such links can infect a computer with drive-by malware, or reply to the email, as this confirms the identity of your email address as a valid one, exposing you to possible further scams by the same cybercriminals.





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