Phishing attack targets PartyPoker

Security experts are warning of a spam e-mails regarding a phishing attack targeting gamblers on the PartyPoker website, the world's largest online poker site. The e-mail warns of news about 'legislation' affecting online poker players, and asks users to log-in with their gambling accounts. The included compromised link leads to a well designed fake PartyPoker log-in page which is then used to harvest account details. The perpetrators can either to gamble using account holders' money or possibly transfer funds to other accounts.

"Dear poker player, Information for US and all over the World based customers on the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. On September 30, 2006, the United States Congress passed The Safe Port Act. That measure also contained certain provisions known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. On October 2, 2006, Party Gaming made an announcement regarding the impact the act would have on business when, as expected, it is signed into law."

News source: vnunet

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It's not just party poker, but popular e-wallets like Neteller, MoneyBookers and Epassporte have been warning their users to be aware of phising emails, designed to harvest account details. Even I recieved a couple of spam emails from e-wallets claiming somebody deposited a few hundred dollars in my account and is now available for cashout.

So, the only advice is donot click on the links in your email. Even if you do, Just make sure you place the mouse on the link and confirm the identity of the sender on status bar.

So many of these are simple to spot that i'm not sure how so many people can fall for them.

Every day in my email I get ones from banks asking me to enter all my details into a form "bank.html" hosted on some obscure folder structure on a domain in brazil or somewhere. Of course I duly oblige but my accountname is an expletive, my account number is 1337 and my password is "**** off noobs"

IE7 also tries so hard to stop you from going to many of them which is nice.

LOL ... good post ... i never get any of these types of emails although im sure i would tend to agree with you on somewhat easy to spot.

but the sad fact is "most people" (in other words average joe) dont know jack about pc's.... unlike you and I.