My 3rd article on phishing – I thought of doing a 3rd one on this matter because I just came by another interesting case of phishing.
While the previous cases involve FEAR, this new one preys on the GREED of people.
Greed, Not a good thing
I’m just some of you have friends who receive products for review, a lot of companies have been doing that. Some get to keep them. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you know brother goldfries here is also always getting new stuffs to play with. 😀
And how many of you have ever thought of “Man, how nice if I could get those things to review. Even nicer if I could keep them?” – yeah, I’m sure there are many of you out there thinking that way.
If an opportunity comes knocking at your door for that – I’m also damn sure you wouldn’t pass the chance. ……… AND that’s there the problem comes in, that is how this new site is phishing for information.
How It Started
Here’s the E-mail I received.
It’s rather badly formatted but the offer seems very interesting because GIANTS like Apple don’t take note of small sites like mine – getting to review and keep an Apple iPad would be awesome!
The Story Unfolds
Clicking the link lead me to a nicely done website (click here if you’re interested to visit the site), and more importantly the offer that was given. INTERESTING!
It even shows they have iPhone 3GS as the previous offer.
Something Does Not Look Right
So just as any other curious individual, I was exploring the site and naturally the SIGN UP page was the one anyone would go for………….. and that’s where the enthusiasm comes to a screeching halt.
Now, what’s my E-mail account got to do with registration? NO, it doesn’t make sense. Only idiots would part with their passwords. And I don’t believe on a super engine that logs into every possible E-mail provider and automatically acquires contact and send invitations. In fact, why would I want to reveal my contacts? It’s unethical! (more on this later)
Why do I need to even prove anything? And what’s with the nonsense English? Would Apple be paying you good enough a fee to ensure quality content?
Then there’s the bunch of news with supposed comments that are not in any way clickable.
It’s too dodgy already.
A check on WHOIS shows the domain was registered towards the end of March.
Great, it’s no wonder those articles are unclickable – they’re fake!
Unethical Conduct – iPad over Friends
Many have received such E-mail, it really goes to show that the greed for an iPad makes a person willing to give away not only their E-mail account but even their contact list!
It’s unethical for people to sell our E-mail accounts, it’s even worse when a person gives away the contact details of their friends for free. Call it a betrayal of trust if you may.
How many of you actually sought permission before entering friends’ E-mails into the usual “recommend friends” box?
In the end, it’s another form of phishing that preys on the human weakness. If it’s not fear, it’s greed.
Just be careful, often phishing sites are decently done BUT they’re often not WELL DONE. This is usually due to the intention of getting it up and running real quick, either that or the people behind them aren’t proficient in English.
Take note of the modus operandi
1) An offer you can’t refuse! (eg, an iPad to keep!)
2) A ridiculous request (eg, asking for password……….. but most people overlook this due to #1)
The rest of the flaw of their content just adds nail to their coffin. It’s just unfortunate that not everyone has the knowledge to pin point them. Check with friends to get their opinion, or better yet, find someone you can trust to help you verify such information.
You can even use Google to fish out some details because quite often, people around the world would’ve started discussing about it and Google would’ve picked up a lot of the trail.
Anyway if you do come by any more of phishing sites – let me know. I’d love to highlight as many types as possible.