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Italian Phishing Scam Targets Customers of CartaSi

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By on Jun 24, 2010

Spam never ceases to amaze me. The latest phishing scam I’ve seen is spammers impersonating CartaSi, the Italian financial institution. The message subject is “Effettuare l’aggiornamento dei dati,” which means to proceed with the data or information update. This email even carries an introduction that educates users about phishing on the web. The scammers provide a fake secure link informing CartaSi users how they can avoid online banking problems.

The e-mail scam starts here:

Once victims click “Accedi a collegamento sicuro,” they are redirected to an IP in the form of 96.X.XX.X0 that loads the phishing-page clone of the genuine cartasi.it page. Some of the Italian form and grammar are incorrect, so Italian readers should immediately be suspicious.

Users without protection who click on any of these links could infect their systems, resulting in stolen personal or financial credentials. Regardless of what language you speak or where you do your browsing, make sure you are safe.

Here is an example of how McAfee technology protects users from malicious phishing attacks.


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