While this attack appears to be abating, people should be wary of any new campaigns that use similar methods.
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A link in the email directs people to a fake webpage with an Inland Revenue logo where people are asked to enter personal details including their credit card details.
Anyone that falls for the scam risks having their credit card details stolen, Inland Revenue group manager for assistance Charles Ronaldson said.
Inland Revenue is asking people to ignore the email and to never click on any links within a suspicious email.
For those who may have already given away their bank details, the advice is to contact their bank or credit card provider.
To report suspicious emails that target Inland Revenue customers, people should email email@example.com
It is noted here that In Christchurch (before the earthquake) there were people visiting premises claiming to be from Tax Refund (www.taxrefund.co.nz). From a reliable source it was learned that Tax Refund does not have people out there going door to door and copying vital information using a camera. It is recommended that you do not let these people in or if you do do not had them any of your private information.
Google is making it tougher for computer hackers and other imposters to break into e-mail accounts and other password-protected services.An additional security measure introduced Monday will require typing a six-digit code after an account holder’s Google password is entered. The codes will be sent to people’s mobile phones.The two-step login means it will take more than a password to get into an account.The extra protection initially will be offered to companies and government agencies subscribing to a Google service that provides e-mail and other office applications.Google is also offering the added security to schools that rely on Google to run their e-mail.People using Google’s free Gmail service will be able to make the security codes part of their login process within the next few months.
Personally I think this is a welcome new step to secure email accounts.