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:
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:
Subject: URGENT – Invoice no: KT321U is Overdue!
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:
Manager – Account Dept.
iTunes Notice ? : Dear User Your Account Has Been Charged successfully!
Thank you for your order
Order Total: $83.62
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
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Alfred Huang iOS App $80.96
Order Total: $81.62
Alert – Your Credit Card has been Charged
We have just processed your payment against Invoice no.451DQ
The payment details are:
Order Value: $1700
Sales Tax: $112
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.
Subject: Last PayPal Deposit Alert!
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!
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.
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