Spoof email tricks AOL users


Customers conned out of confidential information

An email scam is targeting AOL customers in an attempt to steal personal details, according to web monitoring company Websense.

Users receive a spoofed email purporting to come from the security department at AOL claiming that the company suffered a security breach over the weekend and that confidential information may have been compromised.

The email also requests users to connect to a website to download and install a new ‘security patch’, which will ‘protect their information’. The spoofed message reads:

‘Failure to download this security patch in the next 48 hours will result in the temporary suspension of your America Online account. At this point we will send you a Security Patch CD in the mail. Upon installing it, your account will be reactivated.’

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