E-mail scam targets prominent Filipinos in Hong Kong

MANILA, Philippines – Several prominent personalities with links to the Filipino community in Hong Kong are warning members of the public against falling prey to an Internet scam that uses their email addresses to ask for money to be sent to a designated address in the United Kingdom.

The scam, which first surfaced in the middle of this year, apparently started with an unknown group sending a cloned yahoo home page, urging subscribers to immediately fill in the sign-in form with their user names and passwords, or face having their accounts locked.

One of the victims, migrant rights’ advocate Edna Aquino, recalls: “The notification looked genuine, with the avatar and the yahoo logo exactly as they appear in the genuine yahoo home page.” [Read more...]

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