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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: AWARENESS BULLETIN - PASSWORD SCAM



                


Thread: AWARENESS BULLETIN - PASSWORD SCAM

Message: AWARENESS BULLETIN - PASSWORD SCAM

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From: BDCBFRY at cpusic.bell-atl.com

Date: Fri, 22 Mar 1996 20:55:00 UTC


Message:

  ---------------------------- Forwarded with Changes ---------------------------
From: STARR OUTMAN (BELLATL.BFPLAH2) at BATSGW
Priority: Low
Date: 3/21/96 11:02AM
To: LOIS A. ROSE at CPUSIC
Subject: AWARENESS BULLETIN - PASSWORD SCAM
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I received this today from my corporate security department. Although
this is not aviation specific, I thought it might be valuable
information to some of you.

Lois
*********************************************************
*    Lois A. Rose, IAC Judges' School Chairperson       *
*         72425.30 at compuserve.com                       *
*    (301)937-4473 (home) (301)937-4881 (fax)           *
*********************************************************

 One way that criminals get access to users' online accounts is by
 tricking them into revealing their passwords.  We have recently
 learned of a simple but apparently effective scam that was used on one
 of our customers.

 The customer was logged into a well known online service, and, while
 involved in a discussion group, received the message PLEASE VERIFY
 YOUR PASSWORD.  The customer reentered his password.  His next bill
 included significant fraudulent usage charged to his account.
 Apparently PLEASE VERIFY YOUR PASSWORD had been sent by someone
 collecting accounts for illegal use.

 Employees who use online services (e.g. AOL, Compuserve...) in the
 course of business should be particularly alert for this practice, but
 it is just one variation on a theme that has been repeated many times
 on many types of systems.

 Always be careful about revealing passwords.  Any time a system
 prompts you for a LOGIN or PASSWORD at a time or place that seems
 unusual or inappropriate, you should be suspicious.  If you ever think
 your password has been compromised in any way, play it safe and change
 it immediately.


                


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