Internet service providers are reportedly being targeted by a new phishing scam related to Game of Thrones pirates. According to Torrent Freak, the fake notices are being sent to ISPs in the US, the UK and Australia with the scammers claiming to be working on behalf of right holders, including HBO. Mike Patterson, founder and CEO Plixer, has advice to avoid being fooled by these emails.
Mike Patterson, Founder and CEO Plixer:
“Consumers receiving emails regarding any type of odd fine or settlement should almost always be followed by a phone call to the organization. Call the telephone number on the official website and not the one listed in the email. Any emailed notice should be scrutinized for validity. Check the from-email address to make sure the domain is the same address as the official web site. Receivers of these types of emails can also hover over links in the content with their mouse and look at the tool tips that appear.
“By looking at the popup text that appears, we can verify that the 2nd level domain (E.g. HBO-cable.tv) in the email isn’t different than the official web site: HBO.com.”