Wikipedia E-mail Address Confirmation – Phishing Fraud

In a campaign that’s closely related to the [WordPress.com] Activate – Phishing Fraud we’re now also seeing a large volume of emails claiming to be Wikipedia e-mail address confirmations.

Messages arrive spoofing wikimedia.org senders, such as:

Subject:      Wikipedia e-mail address confirmation
From:     wiki@wikimedia.org

A screen shot of the fraudulent emails:

Wikipedia E-mail Address Confirmation - Phishing Fraud

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The emails fraudulently claims:

Someone from the IP address 59.177.131.145 has registered the account “bettywilliams” with this e-mail address on the English Wikipedia.

To confirm that this user account really does belong to you and to activate e-mail features on Wikipedia, please open this URL in your browser:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:ConfirmEmail/7350ok9847ff30578m4rj73416y44184

If you did not recently register for Wikipedia (or if you registered with a different e-mail address),

click the following link to cancel the confirmation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Invalidateemail/3163tv4398jp83194p6ob15186v89083

This confirmation e-mail will automatically expire at Thu, 1 Jul 2010 03:27:11 -0800

~Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org

As can be expected, these emails do not come from legitimate Wikipedia addresses or servers and the links do not lead to the URL addresses that are displayed within the emails. Depending on the campaign variations these will actually direct users to a variety of spam and malware sites, most of which have been hijacked from legitimate domains.

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One Response to “Wikipedia E-mail Address Confirmation – Phishing Fraud”

  1. KAY COMISKEY says:

    I just received this fraudulent email today – 28 March 2011 so itis still going around. these warnings should be posted to all major providers of email.