Email Scammers Aim at Military Families

Wednesday Nov 3rd 2010 by Larry Barrett

Phishers use unsolicited emails pretending to be from USAA, a financial services firm, to obtain sensitive data.

The Android operating system’s support for multi-tasking enables a wide range of mobile security functionality to run in the background, including virus scanning and automated backups.

A new phishing scam is taking aim at members of the U.S. military and their families, using unsolicited emails purportedly from USAA, one of the nation's largest financial services and insurance companies, to trick people into divulging their personal information to identity thieves.

And this isn't the first time it's happened.

USAA, which caters primarily to retired and active duty military members and their families, and the Navy Federal Credit Union in May were hit by a similar phishing scam that also attempted to extract social security numbers, credit card numbers, birth dates and other information used to either pilfer bank accounts or steal unsuspecting users' identities.

This time around, according to an advisory on security software maker AppRiver's website, the con artists are sending a slew of unsolicited emails with subject titles, such as "USAA Notification" or "Urgent Message for USAA customer" in the hope of getting just a small fraction of a percentage of recipients to click on a link embedded in the missive.

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