Rating: Ignore ‘O2 reset confirmation ‘ email messages
Given that GoMobile News subscribes to all five UK mobile networks in order to avoid accusations of bias, when we got a message through on our Hotmail email account purporting to be from O2, we were more than a little curious. On face value, the message said we were trying to reset a handset and O2 was thanking us for staying with the network. The header said ‘O2 reset confirmation’. Except, of course, that no such attempt to reset an O2 handset had been made by us here at GoMobile Towers.We quickly discovered that this was a phishing attempt [an effort to steal personal details] and ignored it.
However, we then realised that others may not be so lucky and spot it immediately so we’ve decided to publish details.
Firstly, we examined the HTML code contained in the message and found it pointed to a relatively innocuous travel site – Golden Gate Travel & Tours in Nepal here.
However, if you click on the full link on a PC (for example), your online security package should kick in like ours did.
It immediately identified the page in question that we were trying to access as a phishing attempt.
To us, the clever part is that its authors seem to know that we would probably access the Hotmail message via a PC rather than on a mobile phone itself.
Anyway, if you get the message report it as spam immediately.