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Officials warning consumers about new cyber threat

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Gazette staff
February 4, 2012

State and federal officials are warning the public about a new email phishing scam involving a piece of software appropriately called “Gameover.”


That’s because, officials said, falling victim to the to the latest could mean “game over” for your banking account.


“All phishing scams aim to collect your personal data, but the ‘Gameover’ scam goes straight for your banking accounts,” Sandy Chalmers, division administrator for Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection, said in a news release. “Falling prey to this scam can do a tremendous amount of damage to your finances.”


Here’s how it works:


n You receive an unsolicited and fraudulent email claiming to be from the National Automated Clearing House Association, Federal Reserve Bank or Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.


n The email will note that there is a problem with your banking accounts or with a recent transaction. You will be asked to click a link to correct the information.


n By clicking the link, you will be taken to a phony website where you will inadvertently download the Gameover malware. The software promptly infects your computer and steals your banking information.


Officials advise the emails not be opened and instead be deleted immediately. Consumers also are advised to make sure their computer anti-virus protection is up to date.


They should never click on links in unsolicited emails.


For more information or to file a complaint, visit datcp.


wisconsin.gov, send an email to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call 1-800-422-7128.



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