National 16.8.2016 03:03 pm

IEC warns against new scam targeting voters

A cellphone phishing scam. Picture Neil McCartney

A cellphone phishing scam. Picture Neil McCartney

The emails requestiong personal information from recipients are fake and have nothing to do with the electoral commission.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) urges voters to be on the lookout for an email scam that seeks to solicit personal information from voters, commonly known as “phishing”, allegedly as part of an electronic voting survey on behalf of the IEC.

The emails are being distributed by the “Independent Elections Council” under the email address elections@IEC.co.za and have “Electronic Voting Testing Phase” in the subject field, Kempton Express reported.

The link provided in the email requests login details, and the interface resembles that of the electoral commission’s website, but it does not use the same uniform resource locator (URL).

These emails and this website are fake and have nothing to do with the IEC.

Recipients are advised not to respond to the email or open any hyperlinks within it.

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