Symantec: Beware of PDF Phishing Scam

Friday Jul 9th 2010 by Kara Reeder
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The goal is to steal credit card data by tricking people into applying for a non-existent update.

Symantec Hosted Services is warning of a phishing scam using a fake PDF Reader update and 'free gifts' as hooks, reports V3.co.uk.

The goal is to steal credit card data by tricking people into applying for a non-existent update and offering a free gift. Clicking on the link takes the victim to a professional-looking site pushing fake software. Clicking on the download link then takes the user to a completely different site that asks for personal details.

In a blog post, Symantec Hosted Services malware data analyst Mathew Nisbet reminds users:

Any unsolicited email received from an unknown source should be treated as highly suspicious, especially one that requires visiting an external page by clicking a link.

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