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Phishing jump

Date: July 20, 2006
Source: Australian IT

The International Monetary Fund has warned of a jump in the number of fraudulent email and communication claiming to be from or affiliated with the global lender.

There had been an apparent spike in such messages recently, involving people in the United States targeting recent immigrants and people in cities, an IMF official said.

The IMF said US authorities had been informed.

The scams range from "phishing" attacks where the names of IMF officials are misused to deceive recipients into disclosing personal financial information to "spoofing" in which a fake IMF web site was created with false contact details to mislead potential users, the fund said.
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