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New Vircom Study Underlines the Dangers of Phishing Scams


White Paper Series on Email Fraud Helps Potential Victims Avoid Financial and Emotional Devastation

MONTREAL, 01/19/2005, Vircom Inc., developer of Modus™ secure email management solutions, released today a white paper titled “Scam Prevention Guide - How to recognize a phish when you see one.” The second volume in its series on “Exposing Email-Borne Fraud,” the document explains how phishing attacks occur and offers valuable information on how to avoid victimization.

Phishing is one of today’s fastest-growing types of email fraud. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) reported more than 1500 active phishing websites and 51 instances of brand spoofing in November 2004 alone. Fraudsters use spoofed but authentic-looking emails and websites to con unsuspecting victims into divulging personal information, which scammers then use to commit financial fraud and identity theft.

“Vircom is committed to developing solutions to end phishing and other types of email-borne fraud,” said Sylvain Durocher, president and founder of Vircom. “In conjunction, we are actively working to educate consumers on how to identify phishing scams and avoid becoming victims of online fraud.”

To download “Exposing Email-Borne Fraud, Volume 2: Scam Prevention Guide,” visit:

About Vircom

Montreal-based Vircom is a leading developer of secure email management and authentication solutions for the demanding needs of Internet Service Providers, the real estate industry, corporations and healthcare facilities. Vircom’s mature Modus™ secure email management technology incorporates over 10 years of industry expertise, making it a powerful driving force in the defense against spam and email-borne fraud. Rated “Best Windows-based Anti-Spam Solution” by Network Computing and named a “2004 Recommended” product by SC Magazine, Modus has gained important industry recognition, including a record-breaking five-award distinction from Windows IT Pro magazine.

Vircom is also the developer of VOP Radius, a full-featured all-in-one RADIUS server that supports the latest RFCs, vendor specific attributes, NAS templates and has a multitude of preconfigured settings.


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