Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 24, 2012 – As you check your daily emails, BBB is warning consumers to be wary of a new twist on the phishing scam involving fake “visual voicemail” emails. These emails send notification of the recipient supposedly receiving a new voicemail message. In this new approach to a classic scam, if the attachment is clicked on, he or she will be taken to a scam website.
Emails containing the visual voicemail scam appear to come from Microsoft Outlook on “Behalf of an Anonymous Caller,” but the messages reference a variety of URLs and phone numbers. Of the cases BBB has seen, emails contain an “Email ID” that appears to be from an internal company email address.
“With the advancements in technology and increase in daily computer usage by consumers, scammers continue to grow more sophisticated in their scamming techniques,” says Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA. Though the classic phishing scam has been around for years, it is likely that we will continue to see new variations of this same scam, so it is important for consumers to remain vigilant.
Your BBB offers the following tips to consumers to help safeguard against internet scammers:
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