More and more, in the business world, we are seeing email coming to our inboxes that are not legitimate. Scammers are using these for some nefarious purposes! Such as to steal your personal data (commonly referred to as phishing), to steal your money (frequently by selling you a product that is not legitimate, such as a fake Anti-virus software), or to flat out extort money from you (this can be by threatening “legal” action or encrypting your files “for your safety” and asking for ransom).
The key thing to remember with this type of email scam, prevention is key. A little education will go a long way in preventing these types of scams.
How can I tell?
There are several ways to tell if an email is legitimate or scam.
The first thing to remember is that a legitimate company will NEVER ask for your password in an email Your bank, Paypal, Amazon, Apple, and more do NOT need your password to access your account details. If an email asks for your password, you can very safely delete the email on the spot.
A second thing to look at is the links. When you hold your mouse pointer over a link in an email, your email program should show the actual link in a pop up or status bar. The link will point to a phony address, which usually has part of the address, but will end with something else. There is a great example of this at: Bust Spammers.
A third thing to consider is if someone you do business with sends you an “invoice” and you are not expecting it. If you did not purchase anything from them, there is a good chance that the email contains some really bad news. (Only if you open the “invoice” and let the mal-ware attached loose!) If you get something like this, you should probably call the sender and let them know that they may have been compromised.
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