Beware of Obama scams

If you follow computer security closely, you won’t be surprised to know that U.S. President Barack Obama is the subject of many different online scams.

Whenever someone or something is big news, scammers, phishers, and virus writers use the news to try to trick us out of our money.

According to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center Threat Research and Response Blog, scammers have registered several Web sites with the word “Obama” in the address.

The Web sites are designed spread malware, collect e-mail addresses, and aid in other scams. Scammers send links to these Web sites in e-mail and instant messages.

To learn more about these scams, see Waledac Trojan Hosted by Fake Obama Web site.

Some scammers even are using the recent U.S. economic stimulus bill as a lure, promising the recipient a stimulus check. These e-mail messages claim to be from the IRS and ask you to fill out a form in order to receive the check.

To help protect yourself against these and other online scams, don’t click links in e-mail and don’t fill out forms online, unless you know that the site you’re on is secure.

For more information about how to tell if a site is secure, see Internet Explorer goes green for “go.”

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »