Wonga clients are the latest to fall victim to a scam which duped them into divulging sensitive information about their accounts. The scam that was perpetrated through spam e-mails was reported by the Guardian. The scam was carried out by fraudsters through spam e-mails linked to a fake Wonga website where clients are asked to pass details of their personal accounts.
The bogus emails were generated by “Wonga.com Support” that used a firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address. This link when clicked on took users to the counterfeit website which looked astounding like the genuine Wonga website. The real site was registered in UK while the bogus site was registered in Indonesia.
To pull off the scam the fraudsters request users to log in so they can get their security message, but they can only log-in after giving their email addresses, passwords and usernames which made the users vulnerable to bank fraud and identity thief. This kind swindling that is becoming increasingly common because of huge number of web-based accounts is more popularly known as “phishing”.
Wonga In a released statement said that it’s not the only one targeted by phishing attacks, that all successful internet businesses are natural targets. The company added that people should be vigilant and not give details of accounts to emails demanding them. At the end of the release Wonga stated that it’s a practice the company would never do.
Phishing emails supposedly sent by banks are prevalent, but are now viewed with scepticism by people because they know that banks never contact clients through phones or emails to request for account details.
Consumers are warned not to take seriously any email asking that they follow links on it since reputable companies like retailers, banks or other financial institutions do not send such e-mails. When receiving e-mails of dubious origin they must to find out whether they are genuine or not by talking to a representative of the company that sent them, or otherwise just ignore them.