Tro­jan sends out stu­dent loan for­give­ness scam e-mails

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Amer­ica has is­sued loans to about 42 mil­lion peo­ple for a to­tal of 1.3 tril­lion USD dol­lars.

With the Ascesso Tro­jan, scam­mers send thou­sands of phony of­fers to stu­dents via email, sug­gest­ing they par­tic­i­pate in bo­gus stu­dent loan for­give­ness pro­grams.

This Tro­jan horse is used to send mass emails. Th­ese emails some­times con­tain ma­li­cious at­tach­ments, so be care­ful and in case you get the mes­sage de­scribed be­low, delete it with­out open­ing it and do not click on any links or files at­tached to it.

Th­ese email let­ters prom­ise per­fect debt re­pay­ment clauses, debt re­duc­tions or even for­give­ness. Th­ese scam mes­sages usu­ally con­tain this line in the sub­ject field: Don’t get gar­nished be­cause of late Stu­dent Loan pay­ment. We can Help

The mes­sage re­quires a call to a tele­phone num­ber to see if the vic­tims qual­ify for this Stu­dent Loan For­give­ness Pro­gram.

The phony email mes­sage says that it is a must to call them ASAP to “take ad­van­tage of th­ese new fed­eral laws.”

Vic­tims are re­quired to buy an iTunes card for a few hun­dred dol­lars and then pro­vide the num­ber writ­ten on the card.

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