APS Cautions about Scam E-mails Targeting its Patrons
APS (Arizona Public Service) is cautioning its customers for being more vigilant during the current vacation time regarding the way they're letting others know their financial as well as other personal information, published yourwestvalley.com dated December 27, 2014.
It maybe noted that APS is an organization that has been contributing to boost the economic growth of Arizona from 1886 when it was founded.
APS has just known about an e-mail fraud, which, by randomly targeting consumers all over Arizona tells the e-mail recipients that they require making certain payment via credit card on an apparent APS website.
But, according to APS officials, the above e-mails along with the website are a fake. Yourwestvalley.com reported this.
Phishing represents an online crime wherein the fraudsters so convincingly deceive their victims that they voluntarily disclose their confidential info like credit card details, usernames and passwords. Mostly, the fraudsters mask their e-mails towards appearing as messages from genuine sources similar as APS within the current instance. They also usually utilize tactics of fright so victims believe they'll experience serious consequences like getting criminally sued, arrested alternatively encounter sudden termination of their utilities, incase they don't make a payment instantly.
Thus, when any end-user makes a credit card payment on the fraudulent aps.com site, he'll get diverted onto Kubra EZ-Pay a payment site that would direct him for feeding CAPTCHA substantiation code. Even more card payment websites asserting they're gathering payments for APS are a fake. So end-users mustn't follow any web-links inside e-mails soliciting confidential details as also never type in the same on any site, which isn't secure as indicated via the absence of a lock icon inside end-users' Web-browser address bar, APS website officials elaborate.
Moreover according to APS officials, clients who receive fake electronic mails must without delay inform the agency of law enforcement within their locality.
APS that serves almost 1.2m consumers within Arizona is the most recent organization, amongst numerous others, which scammers have exploited. In 2014 alone, residents of Coconino County informed about dubious e-mail scams wherein cyber-criminals pretended to be FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Northern Arizona University, eBay, Publishers Clearing House, and more.