The “do-badders” of the internet scene are continuously trying to come up with ways to get you to release your secret password information so they can ravage your online accounts. Their spoof emails for PayPal, Amazon and tons of different banks look more authentic every single day.
You can tell whether you should click on their messages by hovering over the links provided in the email. None of the links in the email will direct you to the site the email is from. And one of the very best ways to derail their phishing expedition efforts is to never click through from an email you’ve received. Go directly to the site (such as PayPal or your bank) and log in from there.
Here’s a good example of exactly what they are doing. When I first saw this email in my mailbox, my heart skipped a beat because I knew I didn’t make a purchase and I thought my password may have been compromised. But it wasn’t. It was just another phishing expedition.
Pretty authentic looking, huh? What these people wanted me to do was click on the link to Cancel Transaction which would have taken me to a look alike PayPal site. Once I entered my password details, I would have been caught. Be careful. Scrutinize every single email you get. A couple other details that weren’t quite right with this email too. First, the subject was Receipt of payement to [email address]. Notice that payment is misspelled. and within the body of the email it says Dear member which is not the way PayPal addresses payment emails to it’s members.
So be careful out there. You don’t want to end up giving your money to some crook. Take control.
Have you encountered spoof emails? What other tips can you provide? Leave me a comment.