Tip#7: Be very careful around emails!
You may have received or receive suspicious emails in the future. Such emails may contain links, attachments and even phone numbers and emails.
Also, the email may look like an email of a person you have often communicated with. Sometimes, the sender's email address may be an exact copy of an email you have sent messages to. (Try sending an email back if you doubt it - most of the times the fake email disappears from the "Send To" box. Also, contact the person in another way - like calling him on the phone, to double check.)
Every little detail is done to make you curious or try to convince you to do an action. Mostly such spam/scam emails are targeted at your banking and credit card details, but there is an increasing trend, these emails to be an outlet for ransomware distribution.
Here are a few samples from real spam/scam emails:
Hello <Your name>,
Hope this helps,
<Initials of a name on one the e-mail addresses you have communicated with>
Please note that starting from April 09, 2016 we will be introducing new online banking authentication procedures in order to protect the private information of all online banking users.
You are required to confirm your online banking details with us as you will not be able to have access to your accounts until this has been done.
As you're already registered for online banking all you need to do is to confirm your online banking details.
Confirm your details /link/
Once you've completed this you'll be able to manage your money whenever you want, giving you more control of your finances.
Santander Alert Team
This message has been seen to be sent allegedly by The Halifax Team
I AM MR. DIOUF MOUKA FROM BURKINA FASO I HAVE A GENIUE
BUSINESS TRANSACTION OF 30MILLION U.S DOLLAS TO DO WITH YOU
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED SEND TO ME THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
YOUR FULL NAME......
YOUR MARITAL STATUS.....
YOUR PHONE NUMBER.....
AND REPLY TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS diouf(.)firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU WON US$2,800,000.00 via WESTERN UNION.
We are here to notify you that the sum of US$2,800,000.00 was generated and awarded to you by the United Arab Emirates, West Africa commission and the Western Union Foundation as one of the customers who uses Western Union in their business transaction.
So, contact the Western union Agent: Mr. Vincent Rex. His Tel: +226 6162 5519 E-mail :(westernunion@***est(.)com) he will issue to you how you will be receiving the funds you can also ask him to send to you a proof, the ownership certificate of the Funds. It is for you to be sure that the funds belong to you.
Awards Coordinator United Arab Emirate Commission/WEST AFRICA AND Western Union Foundation, Congratulation Once again.
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You don't need to have an Office and this certainly won't disturb any form of work, you have at the moment.
Salary: No basic salary, lucrative commissions structures. Average income range between $1000 - $3000 pm.
Position: Sales Representative/Payment processing Agent
Experience: None Required- We will guide you through.
Age Requirements: From 25yrs and Above
Schedule: 5+ hours/week. You choose your hours.
Please fill out the attached form and affix a copy of your passport and send back to us
Admission is free of charge.
Scam Warnings!!! : Do not pay for a job, Your job has to pay you, BEWARE of Scams.
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