This Week Top 10 Phishing Scams
It's my job to keep an eye out for the most recent phishing scams and let everyone know. One of the newsletters I get as a source for this is called "hoaxslayer". They just reported some new phishing scams I wanted to alert you about, so you can forward to your co-workers:
1. Email claiming to be from the "Energy Billing System" that your latest bill is available online and can be viewed with just one click. Of course the amount is sky-high so they want you to prevent a negative consequence.
2. Phishing email supposedly from Microsoft and you need to click a one-time automatic verification so that your account will not be suspended. STOP - LOOK - THINK before you click.
3. Scam email about a "Shocking Accident Roller Coaster Video" on Facebook. The carriage and its passengers have come off the track. Yeah, sure.
4. A phishing email purporting to be a notification about an incoming payroll related fax. It claims with just one click you can see the payroll. If you click your PC gets infected with malware.
5. Bogus email from "your landlord" that claims your rent is late and you need to pay within 10 days or face court proceedings. It's a hoax and if you download the .zip file and open it, your PC will be infected.
6. Email claiming to be from a Court Secretary, announcing your complaint has been received, and urges you to click on a link and confirm your complaint. Nobody wants to be in court so do not let them scare you.
7. Email from a bank that claims you must click on a link to upgrade to a new security system to give you maximum protection. Not so!
8. Phishing email claiming to be from Evernote, that states an image has been sent and invites you to click to view it. They play on your curiosity so do not fall for it.
9. Eviction Notice scam. This claims that you have been evicted and must vacate your house premises within a specified time frame or risk further legal proceedings. You are instructed to open an attached file for more information. But if you open it, your PC gets infected.
10. Facebook message claiming Vin Diesel has died and invites you to click a link to see the video why he died. Vin is alive and kicking thank you very much. This is just another one of those celebrity death scams. Do not fall for them.