Sunday, May 11, 2008

Beware of Phishing Emails

Watch Out for "Phishing" Emails attempting to capture your Personal Information

Dear Colleagues,

Please be advised that there were reports of authentic-looking messages being circulated that instruct recipients to provide sensitive information (e.g. Credit Card information, Name, Identify card number, birth date) via e-mail and/or thru an Internet webpage. These fraudulent e-mails are known as Phishing Scams and their objective is to induce unsuspecting recipients to provide their personal information, which could be used to compromise their bank accounts, credit cards.

To avoid getting phished, please do the following :

1. Never respond to email messages that request personal or financial information and never click on a link in such an email.

2. Reputable organisations do not send unsolicited email messages asking their customers to update or verify their personal and security details. If in doubt about the legitimacy of the email, or if think that you have been a victim of a phishing scam, contact the organisation in question immediately, using the normal method e.g. via Banking Hotline.

3. Report the incident to your friends/local IT (if you're in the office), hence actions can be taken to alert other users of the security risk.

Below is sample of phishing email.

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