Posts Tagged ‘Phishing’
I thought I had seen just about every type of spam email going, from Nigerian frausters to the best Enlargement devices going BUT this simple email got caught in our spam filter today and it’s naive simple format and message made me laugh, do they really believe someone would fall for them?
I’ am Sir. Mervyn King. From Bank of England, london United Kingdom. Have a transaction of mutual benefits, which involves the sum of (Ј13,200,000.00) Thirteen million two hundred thousand British pounds sterling. There is no risk involved.This transaction is highly confidential, Indicate your interest by formally writing me via email.Kindest Regards,
Sir. Mervyn King.
Phishing emails usually appear to come from a well-known organisation and ask for your personal information — such as credit card number, web site login details, account number or password. Often phishing attempts appear to come from sites, services and companies with which you do not even have an account.
- Generic greeting. Phishing emails are usually sent in large batches. To save time, Internet criminals use generic names like “First Generic Bank Customer” so they don’t have to type all recipients’ names out and send emails one-by-one. If you don’t see your name, be suspicious.
- Forged link. Even if a link has a name you recognise somewhere in it, it doesn’t mean it links to the real organization. Roll your mouse over the link and see if it matches what appears in the email. If there is a discrepency, don’t click on the link. Also, websites where it is safe to enter personal information begin with “https” — the “s” stands for secure. If you don’t see “https” do not proceed.
- Requests personal information. The point of sending phishing email is to trick you into providing your personal information. If you receive an email requesting your personal information, it is probably a phishing attempt.
- Sense of urgency. Internet criminals want you to provide your personal information now. They do this by making you think something has happened that requires you to act fast. The faster they get your information, the faster they can move on to another victim.