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Line app alerts users to phishing scam, users urged to change passwords regularly

15 reports in July alone of messaging service users falling victim to conmen

Published on Aug 9, 2014 7:56 AM
 
Line has urged users to change their passwords regularly after a number of them fell victim to a phishing scam. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Line, a Tokyo-based mobile messaging service that has grown popular here, has urged users to change their passwords regularly after a number of them fell victim to a phishing scam.

Last month alone, 15 reports of such cases - with victims losing from $200 to $3,000 after being tricked into buying gift cards for their friends - were lodged with the police.

A spokesman for Line said these tricksters logged into some accounts because users have the same log-in details for various applications. In other words, "personal information retrieved from other weakly protected sources may be misused on Line for unauthorised access".

The conmen would sign on and impersonate the user and ask someone in the user's friends list for iTunes gift cards.

 
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