Beauty queen loses £10,000 in phishing scam


Beauty queen loses £10,000 in phishing scam

Antony Savvas

Miss Scarborough has become the latest victim of online phishing fraudsters, with the the beauty contest winner having had £10,000 stolen from her bank account.

Jade Saunders, a 20-year-old student, was crowned Miss Scarborough in April this year, and is also a semi-finalist for Miss England 2008.

Saunders reportedly clicked on a link in an e-mail purporting to be from her bank, which took her to a genuine-looking, but fake, website.

By entering her security log-in details on the fake site, Saunders provided the cybercriminals with all they needed to set up a standing order on her account for £10,000.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at web security software firm Sophos, said, "According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, phishers are able to convince up to 5% of recipients to reply to the kind of e-mail sent to Jade, but this need not be the case if simple habits are learnt.

"Reputable companies do not ask their customers for passwords or account details in e-mail, so even if you think a message from your bank may be legitimate, do not follow any links, instead visit your bank's website by typing its address into your web browser."

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