Friday, September 11, 2009

Wao pia ni Members: Phishing

It looks like the conmen are at it again with an (obviously) suspicious looking website that looks quite similar to Equity Bank's website.

Fake (visit at your own risk):

It makes for a good laugh, as many guys on the Skunkworks mailing list noticed. Look at this extract regarding the Equity Bank CEO:

Dr. James Mwangi, MBS
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Dr. Mwangi holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (Honoris Causa), from
Nigeria Methodist University, Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) Nigeriatta University, and Doctor of Entrepreneurship from Jomo Nigeriatta University of Agriculture and ...

It appears that some did a search for Kenya on the real Equity Bank website content and replaced it with Nigeria.

While this particular instance may appear an obvious attempt at phishing, it should be taken as a warning. Now that 'the fibre has landed', such attempts at cyber-crime will only become more prevalent as more and more people in the country, and the continent get on-line, and scammers attempt to widen their net.

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