Media portal Yahoo has again become a
target for phishers, with a scam e-mail seeking to access
Australian customer banking details under the pretence of hiring
chat room moderators for an adult dating service doing the
A copy of the e-mail sighted by ZDNet Australia says that
Yahoo Personals adult-oriented After Dark service will shortly
be launching a moderated chat room service as part of an effort
to promote a range of "IP sex toys", and wants to hire
Australians to moderate the channel overnight in the US.
Recipients are advised to send details of proposed employees
by urgent return e-mail, and are told payments of up to $US60 an
hour can be made into the bank account of their choice. Such
inducements are commonly used in online scams, either to access
bank account details or as a confidence builder before attempting
to seek payments from the recipients.
While many phishing scams are aimed at unwitting banking
customers, portal sites such as Yahoo! and MSN, as well as
ecommerce sites such as eBay, are also common targets. A recent
survey by RSA suggests that phishing activity, while still high,
has remained fairly constant in the past year.
A spokesperson for Yahoo7 said that so far, no complaints
from customers about the scam had been received. In January,
Yahoo relaunched its local operations under the Yahoo7 brand,
in partnership with TV network Seven.