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Yes, they are very active and smarter than ever. The illuminated scammers! Be aware of the newest email scams! They are after unwise moments. When you do not pay attention for a moment and they are taking over your computer, your email addresses or get money out of your pocket.
Christmas is coming, and we all go shopping online
And those scammers know that, so our email boxes will be entered by shady figures. They have no scruples and only want your money. Be aware of new scamming practices!
Which companies are misused by scammers?
To name a few:
Banks, Online payment services, Track and trace services, IT computer services, Online department stores
Be aware of these scam emails
- Your account will be terminated
- PayPal needs you to confirm
- Your credit card is expired
- The mailman wanted to deliver a parcel
- Track and Trace code fraud
- Microsoft verification alert
- Your account will be deactivated
- Amazon, verify your new email address
- eBay, password change required
- eBay, Re-Enter your billing information, otherwise, you’ll be suspended from eBay
- Your bitcoin wallet will expire
- Urgent, in respect to your family
- PayPal, word doc. Limited account notice
- My wife and I won…
- Your municipality has sorted out everything and you have a right on a tax refund
They look so genuine if they are sent directly from Visa, PayPal, your bank or some other official instance with just a slightly different sender email address but with very real looking logos.
Buttons and links
All these emails have a few things in common.
- You have to click something, a link or a button.
- They create an urgent fear – Ow sh*t… I have to react immediately…!
- They promise riches (presumably theirs)
- No message, only: Click here to view our message
Spot the email scams from a distance
There are a whole lot of examples on Google to find, take a look at these images and start recognizing the scam email when you get them.
They threaten you with all kind of nasty results.
- You will get suspended
- Your credit card will expire
- Your account will be terminated
- Your expenses will be limited
- If you fail to update, your card will be disabled
- Payment declined
- De-activation account
- Dear PayPal customer
- Dear firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dear user
- Dear client
- Dear member
- In some cases, they even have your correct name
It is easy to recognize scam emails from banks where you don’t have an account. It’s obvious that emails are not genuine. Or PayPal emails in another language than your account is. My PayPal account is in Dutch, so, PayPal emails in the Eglish language are a scam. It gets a lot tougher to recognize these scam emails when you do have an account, or when you did order a package. Always remember a company knows your full name. And when they contact you via email, they will use your full name. Banks, Online payment services, and Credit card companies will NEVER ask you to verify anything via a link or a button in your email.
What to do to prevent falling for a scam?
- Make a back-up from your important files, so when they hack your computer and ask a ransom of $1200, you better buy a new computer.
- Always log in directly at your official instances.
- Go to the service desk of online department stores to check up your account verifications.
- Never, ever click a button or link in an unidentified email letter.
- Read also, I think I have been scammed, what should I do?
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Nothing is safe
They use Whatsapp, email, online links and even for Facebook and messenger there are scams reported. When you are not sure about an email, and you are scared to lose an account or whether you should verify something, get the advice of a family member or a neighbor who has knowledge of the online world.
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