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Phishers hit AT&T Worldnet Service customers

ISP AT&T Worldnet Service has warned customers that they may have been targeted by an e-mail scam designed to capture their...

ISP AT&T Worldnet Service has warned customers that they may have been targeted by an e-mail scam designed to capture their credit card information.

AT&T spokesman Tom Hopkins said the company learned last Friday that some of its customers had received fraudulent e-mails purporting to be from AT&T Worldnet Service. He said the company then sent e-mails to its customers warning them about the scam.

Hopkins said the e-mails, which contain the subject line “Billing Update Requested (Urgent)” directed customers to a spoofed, or fake, website and asked them to supply their credit card information. Hopkins said the sender’s e-mail address is either att.billing@worldnet.att.net, or billing@worldnet.att.net.

Hopkins, who declined to say exactly how many customers had fallen victim to the scam, said AT&T has already taken the bogus websites down.

He added AT&T would never ask for customers’ personal data by asking them to click onto a link in an e-mail. Rather, he said, the company would direct customers to AT&T Worldnet’s secure member website where they would log in with their user IDs and passwords.

Hopkins said AT&T is working to protect its customers from similar scams in the future, but declined to provide further details, saying scammers could use that information to their advantage.

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld

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