Email Scams And Hoaxes

current email scams

The advent of the Internet has, like everything else, opened up new avenues for the crooks to try and get your information and/or hard earned money. There are many email scams and hoaxes going around.

Every day I download my email and there are at least ten to twenty emails that appear to be email scams and hoaxes. I have worked online for over twenty years and it is probably easier for me to recognize them just by seeing the subject of the email. But it is not just email, you can get solicited through pop ups when you are visiting websites or doing searches.

I am going to mention a few of the current email scams here that you should look out for. These will be by no means all of them. They are some of the top ones that I see regularly. I have talked about some other online scams and you can take a look at them here:

Online Scams Looking For Money Upfront
Unsolicited Telephone Calls Requesting Personal Information Possible Scams
Phishing – Don’t Fall For The Email Scams

Email Attachments

Email Attachments are one of the easiest ways that scammers have if they want to infect your computer with a virus or with malware. They believe that there will be a high percentage of people that will open an attachment to an email, especially if it appears to be from someone they know or someone they have a business relationship with. Plus, they send these emails out to millions and just a small percentage will be a success for them.

The best practice when getting an email with an attachment is to not open it unless you are 100% sure you know who it is from. That should be your standard reaction.

Another way to be sure you are safe from these type emails is to make sure you have a good virus protection and malware protection program. But it is important that you make sure that the email protection is turned on. In many of these protection programs, they have separate controls for when you are surfing or working online and other controls for checking your email as it is downloaded. I know from experience that it does take a little longer to download email in some programs because it is being check for infections, but it is well worth the wait.

Email Requests To Take Action

I was looking through my email today and I caught a couple of good examples of where they are trying to get you to give up personal information or account information or trying to get you to download a file which could corrupt your computer. Here are some examples:

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Example #1
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Subject: URGENT – Invoice no: KT321U is Overdue!
Dear Client,
This is formal notice to you that your last month Invoice no: KT321U
is already overdue and your service will be suspended in next 24 hours.
To avoid service suspension, please pay the Invoice immediately. For
details and payment details, please download the Invoice copy here:
Click Here
Regards,
Ryan Johnson
Manager – Account Dept.
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Example #2
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iTunes Notice ? : Dear User Your Account Has Been Charged successfully!
Thank you for your order
Order ID:MHDH2NVNZ6
Receipt Date:28/09/2016
Order Total: $83.62

Security Notices:
If you have not recently done this order using your Applle ID and if
you think some one else has access to your account, Cancel This order
and change your password:
Cancel This order Now > Account Verification
Themes Guru – LockScreen Themes & Wallpapers with Creative, v1.1 (4+)
Alfred Huang iOS App $80.96
Subtotal: $80.96
Tax: $0.66
Order Total: $81.62
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Example #3
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Alert – Your Credit Card has been Charged

Dear Customer,
We have just processed your payment against Invoice no.451DQ
(Download Receipt).
The payment details are:
Order Value: $1700
Sales Tax: $112
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Total Amount Received: $1812

For Payment details and Order information, please download Invoice
copy and payment receipt from here: CLICK HERE
Should you have any Invoice related queries please do not hesitate
to contact either your designated Credit Controller or the main
Billing Dept. For Pricing or other general enquiries please contact
your local Sales Team.
Yours Faithfully,
Sofia Cox
Billing Dept.
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Example #4
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Subject: Last PayPal Deposit Alert!

Hi, webmaster@…………….com

Your PayPal account has received another deposit aside from the
deposits last few days. You can check the deposit slip. Just click
the link below.

Deposit Slip Copy
If there are any discrepancies, just go to our official website
by clicking the link provided!

Contact Us!
Member Care,
Jane K.
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Why We Need To Be Careful

In many of these emails they appeal to fears that you might have with the hope that you react to what they are sending you. Experts say that there are over 400 billion spam messages sent out every day. But thankfully filters at the server level and the email client level catch the majority of them.

After awhile you also see that these scammers are not very good spellers and also many that I receive have a name in them other than my own.

In a number of the examples above I checked the main URL in the links and the majority of them went to blank pages, bulk mailing sites and in one instance just a page with articles regarding current news items. When I check them I just take the main part of the URL, like www.sitenameshown.com to see where it goes. I do not click on the entire link. The real link in most of these will something like this www.sitenameshown.com/HYGF6732mnopxxc906hgf/asrolm87 or something similar.

In most messages, they will have a link that only says “Click Here”. But if you place your cursor over the link, you may see the actual link in the lower left hand corner of your browser.

So you do not want to be fooled by what name they might have in the email. The scammers are very good at what they do. The email might look like it is coming from your bank. They copy and use the actual logo and format that your bank or other business uses.

Be careful and check any questionable email out.

Be safe!
Joe Reinbold
Associate of Wealthy Affiliate, where we train you to start an online business for Free!

12 Comments

  1. Joe you’re right,

    Email scammers are increasing everyday. Sending malware to people’s mail, I’d like to think, is their favorite.

    Before I got to know that this is really happening, I would literary wait to open those emails and download the attachments.

    And boy was I blind and stupid. I think I’m lucky I didn’t get to have my email completely destroyed. 🙂

    • Hey Dave, thanks for visiting my site. It gets to be a real pain sometimes with all the junk we get everyday but there is no way out of it. I have a couple dozen domains and once they get a hold of the domain name, the avalanche starts. Again thanks for visiting and I wish you the best of success. Have a great day.

      Joe

  2. Thank you for the great information and the heads up here. My email inbox tends to suffer from quite a few of these scams finding their way to my email address. I’ve never made the mistake of opening an attachment. One common one I get every few days are phishing emails proclaiming to be from Paypal, stating suspicious activity on my account and that my account has been limited until I click the link in the email and correct things. Obviously I never click the link. These emails always start off with “Dear Customer” or something similar, whereas legit Paypal emails always start off with your full name or business name.

    • Hi Darren,

      Thanks for visiting my site and for your comments. The PayPal one that you mention is a regular for me too. They make them look so real until you look at the real URL and it doesn’t go to PayPal. I also get a lot of them allegedly from banks that I don’t even have an account with. Some times I just snicker at them and hit the junk button. After awhile, it makes you even suspicious when you get one that might be real like from a credit card company you use. If I think it is real, I still won’t click on the link in the email, I will go to the company site through my browser the way I would normally log in to see if some action is needed.

      Again thanks and I wish you the best of success.

      Joe

      • Hi Joe,
        Some good information and warnings. When I get scam from Paypal I send it to Paypal. They check it out and try to stop the scammers. I use to get about one or two a week but now I hardly ever get them. Maybe sending the Scams to Paypal works.

        Delton

        • Hi Delton, Thanks for visiting my site. Glad you liked the post. There are so many different type of scams out there today it gets hard to keep track of them. I have sent a couple to PayPal too but have not seen too many lately either. Wish you the best of success. Joe

  3. Hi Joe

    400 million is a scary number. Whoever thought people would go to such lengths to carry out illegal activities.

    Thanks for the post.

    And yes, from the many spam mail I receive, these guys CAN’T SPELL to save their lives. Easy give away.

    I have some homework though. I need to do some research on the best software for my machine to try and prevent some of these viruses.

    Once again, thanks for the post.

    Regards
    Peteni

    • Hi Peteni, thanks for visiting my site and for your comments. You are right, sometimes I am amazed at the length some of them go to deceive you but I guess they are successful at it based on all the reports of the money lost per year to fraudulent activities. I have used AVG Internet Security for virus protection and Malwarebytes Anti Malware for a number of years and they have worked pretty good. They have a free and paid version. Wish you the best of success.

      Joe

  4. Hey Joe, thanks for the great article! it is so important to inform as many people as possible about all these scams going on. The more the internet grows the more these kind of scams pop up. It is sometimes frustrating to see all of this happening and there isn’t much you can do about it, except by warning people. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hi Joe, thanks for visiting my site and for your comments. Glad you liked the article. It is frustrating and it gets time consuming watching out for these things. I own two dozen domains that I get email from and sometimes it takes a while to sort things out. But I enjoy working online and if I can help warn people, then it is worth it. Wish you the best.

      Joe

  5. Nice to know your trying to help others avoid these issues of ongoing scammers etc. They do as you mentioned try to use the information against you to get you to follow through with there scams.

    Some I have seen quite frequently is when they take my business email and tag it as if somebody in my business has an attachment being sent to another person in the business. That may work in larger companies but with smaller companies you know some scammer is trying to access your computers.

    • Hi Travis, thanks for your thoughts on this matter. There is so much of this stuff going on it gets hard to keep up with it and if I can save one person from the aggravation of getting their identity stolen or loosing money then it is well worth the time and effort. What you said about the larger companies is something I haven’t thought of, but I guess it would be easy to do. And there are those scammers out there that would think of doing that. Thanks for visiting my site and have a great day.

      Joe

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