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Gulf Oil Spill Victims in Florida Hit With Phishing Scam

Scam artists claim to be BP's Tony Hayward.
As if folks on the Gulf Coast don't have enough worries already, phishing (and, sadly, not fishing) is now plaguing Florida. According to a Reuters report, many Floridians have received an e-mail from scam artists posing as BP CEO Tony Hayward. In the e-mail, the fake Hayward claims the recipient is eligible for a $500,000 grant from BP in exchange for personal information.

To spread the word, Attorney General Bill McCollum has issued a statewide consumer advisory warning about the scam, which has been tracked back to Nigeria. You can do your part by keeping an eye out for any suspicious e-mails, and reporting them to McCollum's office.
Remember, never give out personal information via an e-mail. A legitimate entity would never ask for it that way.

And that's not to mention that Hayward hasn't exactly been eager to help many victims since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April. The possibility of victims getting a personal e-mail from the CEO is laughable, no matter what PR steps the beleaguered company may be taking. Tragedy begets sad opportunists, and the only phishing news we want to hear from the coast should have to do with a boat, clean water and a pole. [From: Reuters]

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