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Newegg

Phishing bait:   Newegg.com order confirmations.

SCAM

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, April 2012]

Dear Customer,

Thank you for shopping at Newegg.com.

We are happy to inform you that your order (Sales Order Number: 21916626) has been successfully charged to your credit card for 2,399,99 USD and order verification is now complete.

Please CLICK HERE to see your INVOICE.

If you have any questions, please use our Live Chat function or visit our Contact Us Page.

Once You Know, You Newegg.

Your Newegg.com Customer Service Team

 

Origins:   In April 2012, Internet users began receiving messages like the one reproduced above that purported to be confirmations of recent purchases from electronics retailer Newegg.com. Such messages included instructions for the recipients to follow a hyperlink or open an attachment containing what appeared to be a document (in text, PDF, or Microsoft Word format) in order to download and print their invoices. These messages were intended to lure recipients, concerned about receiving confirmations for purchases they didn't remember making, into attempting to view the referenced invoice information — a process which would lead them not to viewing a document but into launching a malicious executable file. Newegg has posted a warning about this scheme on its site, advising that:
You may have recently received fraudulent correspondence disguised as an official communication from Newegg. This kind of fake communication is part of a phishing scam, which is designed to “fish” for information by luring unsuspecting recipients into divulging or verifying personal details, like bank accounts, addresses, names and more. Phishing scam artists can send fraudulent communication to millions of people at a time. If you have received phishing communication from someone pretending to be Newegg, this does not mean that Newegg's data security has been breached. Newegg protects your information with sophisticated security measures, and the recent phishing scam did not compromise our data security.
Last updated:   9 April 2012

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