Thursday 29 September 2011

Scam alert: Skype scam

Another email arrived saying:
"This is to notify that new updates have been released for Skype.
Following are major new features :
* Up to 5-way group video call.
* Redesigned calling experience.
* Improved video snapshots gallery.
* Improved browser plugins performance on some websites.
* Reduced false positives on browser plugin phone number recognition.
* New presence icons.
* Improved handling of calling attempts made when the user has run out of credit.
* Improved access to sharing functionality
To download the latest version , go to :
Start downloading the update right now and let us know what you think about it.
Talk soon,
The people at Skype"
The clues:
  • Little things like incorrect spacing around commas and colons and inconsistent use of fullstops. Sounds trivial but do you think a big company like Skype gets that sort of thing wrong?
  • The link isn't actually to the Skype web site.
  • The site it links to was only registered yesterday.
  • I'm not the only one suspicious about this.
Someone's trying to get you to pay for "add-ons" for Skype. When you go to the web site and click on Download you visit a web site in Russia demanding your credit card details.


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