McAfee Issues Newegg Password Reset Scam Warning
8/27/2010 by: Anshel Sag
Newegg has grown into a company of global size, and with this comes the territory of scams being associated with you. These are commonly free laptops, gaming consoles, or whatever else people may like. In this case, the scammers try to ask the users to reset their passwords on Newegg’s site with a fake email that appears to be from Newegg and looks like a Newegg email.
McAfee reports that they believe that there is not only a sophisticated forgery of a Newegg sales receipt going around, but that they also believe that there is a botnet that is attempting to abuse Newegg’s password reset system in order to continue the scam. They report that in less than 1 percent of cases, the spammers appear to be taking advantage of the password reset option on the Newegg website to generate the emails. McAfee states, “To continue the scam: The victims receive a forged Newegg purchase receipt shortly after seeing the legitimate password reset notice. If recipients are anxious about account tampering, they may be willing to release a quarantined spam message that claims to be a purchase receipt because they feel their accounts may have been compromised.”
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