Beware Skype scam email phishing for your details
Attention, intermaweb user - there's a raft of Skype phishing scams bombarding inboxes at the moment. Considering Skype has over half a billion users, there are no doubt rich pickings to be had by the scammers.
If your firewalls isn't set up to reject sites reported for phishing, this is what you'll see if you follow the scam email's instructions. It's doubtful any savvy internet users will get pulled in, but there are plenty of family members and occasional users that may fall for it:
Below is the Skype scam email I received over the weekend, but a thread on Skype's website indicates there are several variations in play, so keep an eye out and spread the word. The emails ask users to log into one of several (fictitious) websites, including http://www.skype-upgrade.com, http://www.skype-voip-2010.com and http://www.skype-for-pc.com/ - but there may be other variations:
On behalf of Skype Inc, we sincerely thank you for your as-always trust and supports. As a valued customer, you can enjoy ever more enhanced features from "Get More Out Of Skype" (learn more at http://www.skype-voip-upgrade.com).
What can you find in this upgrade?
+ Do amazing things for free: Voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype; Conference calls with three or more people; Instant messaging, file transfer and screen sharing.
+ Call landlines and mobiles worldwide (for around 44 countries, and we are adding more soon).
+ Access WiFi hotspots without the hassle.
+ Skype for iPhone: Now you can make Skype calls over 3G.
+ Record all your calls: better than telephone quality.
All you need to get up and running with Skype is…
+ A PC or Mac computer.
+ An internet connection (broadband is best).
+ A webcam to make video calls.
To learn more about this upgrade, please go to Skype Upgrade Center at:
Let's change the way we think of telecommunications.
Cherie M Walford
Skype Upgrade Center
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