If you have an email account, you’ve received spam. We’ve grown accustomed to hearing from our good friend the Nigerian Prince that wants to give us millions of dollars if we’d just give them some personal information, or wire a few hundred dollars to get the process started. We know it’s a scam, and we know to just hit the delete button. Unfortunately, scammers are getting more sophisticated in their attempts to separate us from our hard earned cash, or to siphon personal information from us in order to steal our identity.
Here are a couple of scam emails I’ve seen lately that you should be on the look out for:
Facebook Messages Waiting
I receive notification almost daily that I have messages waiting in Facebook. I know this is face because I get these at an email different than I have registered, and I check Facebook enough to know when I have messages. I’ve obviously never clicked on the link in the emails, but I suspect it would go to a NSFW site trying to get me to buy adult entertainment.
Amazon Order Canceled
I order products from Amazon frequently, but not THAT frequently. At least once a week I get an email stating my recent Amazon order has been canceled. My guess would be clicking on the link would have be enter my user id, password and credit card information. If I did it, I’d bet someone would be ordering all kinds of things in my name.
Notice of Copyright Violation
This is a new one I just received over the weekend. It appeared to be from my cable company telling me someone on my account may have participated in the exchange of unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials. Just for fun, I clicked the link and was brought to a site that looked like my cable company’s website where it asked me to give the reference number from the email, my account information, and my password. Upon closer inspection, I could see that while the URL of the website was similar to my cable company’s it was a bit different. Who knows what would have happened if I typed in my account information.
Scammers trying to take your hard earned money are everywhere. In today’s digital age we do so much online it makes sense that we would receive the occasional correspondence from companies we do business with. Before giving any personal information, verify the email’s authenticity by calling the business personally or you just might find your finances taken for a ride.
How about you, EOD Nation, have you seen any new email scams lately?