APNIC warns members of phone scam

Scammers have requested database login and password details

The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) has issued a warning to members about phone scammers who pretend to represent APNIC and request MyAPNIC login or password details.

An APNIC spokesperson said that address holders may be convinced to provide details which would allow scammers to hijack registration records in the Whois database.

The Whois database contains information about organisations that hold IP address resources and AS numbers in the Asia Pacific.

“APNIC staff do not make unsolicited calls or send emails to individuals not listed as admin or technical contacts in the Whois database,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Staff will never request login or password details.”

If member records have been corrupted or altered without authorisation, APNIC will be able to restore the correct information based on master records.

If a member has been contacted by a scammer, they are encouraged to contact the APNIC helpdesk and verify the staff member's identity.

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