Thousands of scam emails sent claiming to be confirmation of nine tickets booked for a Bournemouth Christmas pantomime this year
Computer users are being warned by security experts of a new malicious and dangerous computer virus that has been sent to thousands of email addresses across the UK. The email claims to be confirmation for nine e-tickets for a Peter Pan pantomime performance at 7pm at the Bournemouth Pavilion, on December 23 2004.
Unlike other phishing emails this latest scam actually purports to be sent from legitimate Bournemouth-based ticketing company BH Live who are actually hosting a Peter Pan production this Christmas.
Since the scam emails started being sent out, BH Live has been inundated with confused and angry callers complaining about both the scam email and querying the £145 purchase charge using a MasterCard with the last four digits 7006.
Security experts warn under NO circumstances should any attachments or links in the email be clicked or opened. It is believed that the attachment in the scam email contains the Cryptolocker virus, which if opened locks users out of their own computer until a ransom is paid to cyber-criminals. Along with the Cryptolocker virus users risk their passwords being stolen, especially Facebook, Twitter and social network login details due to other viruses attached to the email.
This is nothing new sadly. Most hacks are done by sending out links or emails that look official and rely on users entering their details into a scam site. For example you may have received a link on Twitter that once clicked sends you to a page that looks like the official Twitter login page but if you look closely the domain is www.twittter.com (three ‘t’s’ not two).
If you enter you details you have given access to your account which results in your friends and followers receiving a similar message and before you know it the scam has snowballed.
To try to prevent being hacked never open an email from a bank or organisation asking or warning you your account has been hacked or their are suspicious transactions on your account. I receive these types of emails every day claiming to be from HSBC, Natwest and other financial institutions.
It is always advised to change passwords regularly, use 8-15 characters with a mixture of symbols and always try to use different passwords across accounts.