Cyber Criminals Target Rewards, Frequent Flyer Miles

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  1. sobore
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    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/05/08/cyber-criminals-target-rewards-frequent-flyer-miles/

    Travel miles and rewards are the latest target for cyber criminals. Unsuspecting consumers are losing thousands of dollars to deceptive schemes.

    Michael and Katherine Hynes work long hours in the family auto repair business, so they were looking forward to a trip to Las Vegas. When they went to cash in their travel reward points, they were shocked to find someone had beaten them to it.

    “They disappeared,” explained Katherine. “Our credit card wasn’t stolen. There were no charges on it, but our mileage points disappeared. We were supposed to have 174,000 and we only had a little over 12,000. “

    They don’t know how they got ripped off. The Hynes just know some stranger had a pretty good time in Singapore at their expense.

    Tim Armstrong, a malware expert at Kaspersky Lab in Woburn, said these cyber criminals “use schemes to collect people’s miles and buy tickets and resell those tickets to third parties and they will collect money that way. Some of the other things we have seen are just they will infect the computer with malware and just steal money out of people’s accounts directly.”

    Read More: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/05/08/cyber-criminals-target-rewards-frequent-flyer-miles/
     
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    It was only a matter of time. :(
     
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    It's really sad...having dealt with identity theft at one point, I work to protect personal info...even FF info. One reason I started shredding itineraries and BP's.

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    It is one thing to steal money but stealing miles and points is crossing the line!!!
     
  5. Gargoyle
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    It seems that much of this is done by phishing schemes, where they send fake e-mails and trick people into "logging in" to their accounts, thereby stealing the login info.

    I'm starting to think that, just like we need a drivers license to drive a car, we should be required to have an e-mail license to use e-mail, with basic training on threat avoidance, use of the BCC field, and not forwarding anything that has already been forwarded twice. :p
     

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