Be Aware Of Casino Related Phishing ScamsBy: Shirley Spicer, Wednesday April 15th 2009
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Theft of funds through Internet frauds do exist. They exist because fraudsters are able to get hold of sensitive financial information of consumers. This could be credit card numbers or could be Internet banking pin numbers or other similar information. The online casinos that store this information on their servers have made the servers virtually impregnable to hackers. Hence the fraudsters are now attacking the consumers themselves.
The latest trend employed by the fraudsters is known as phishing. The fraudsters send an e-mail to the online casino players using an e-mail address that is very similar to the e-mail of the financial services provider. It is so similar that an unsuspecting player may believe that the mail has come from the financial services provider. The more daring of such mails may directly ask the player to provide the password to his e-wallet accounts and codes required to operate them or the complete details of the credit card. These are easily recognized as phishing mails. However there are other fraudsters that act in a more subtle manner. They advise the player to change their password. Some even state that the old passwords will no longer be valid and the player may be unable to operate his e-wallet or online account. They provide a link in the e-mail that would take the online casino player to a page that resembles the pages of the financial service provider in great detail. Actually the page belongs to the fraudster. If the online player makes the mistake of changing his password on that page then the fraudster gets access to the password. This enables the fraudster to clean out the online player’s account.
There are very simple means of protecting oneself from phishing frauds. Never access the e-wallet or online account site through a link in any e-mail. Access these sites by directly entering the URL in the browser or in the worst case using a link from a reputed search engine. This way the online player can be assured that he is not entering information at a bogus site. If any e-mail is received that purports to be from a financial service provider, contact the customer support of that service provider and verify whether the mail was actually sent by them. Never disclose your password or sensitive information in an e-mail no matter who asks for them. When entering this kind of sensitive information at the online casino or e-wallet account make sure that the line is secure by looking for the lock icon in the browser. Read the safety instructions provided by the financial services provider and comply with them.
Internet thieves are able to steal funds only because the consumers are careless. Revealing passwords in e-mails is like handing over the key of your safe deposit vault to whosoever asks for it.
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