It seems that not a week goes by without having to check my spam mailbox as it fills with ever more increasing frequency. When they said “spam” and phishing schemes where on the rise they really meant, on the rise! I thought I would share with you my five favorites this week that you should be on the look out for. One or two have already hit some friends and I wouldn’t want them to happen to you.
You Got Mail!
This phishing email message is sent allegedly from FEDEX or UPS. You have a very important package that they tried to deliver but couldn’t. If you could just take a minute to provide this information your VIP package will be on it’s way. This one quite often asks for information, payment of an invoice (requiring me to open an attachment) and will include a subject like like this one, “UPS Delivery Notification Tracking Number:EVKDBQXRTKRXN4CTMI.”
Report these types of messages to UPS at firstname.lastname@example.org and to FEDEX at email@example.com
You Have WON!
So far this week I have won from a lottery that I never entered (scratch offs are about as far as I go) as well as won money from a casino I never heard of, let along gambled at. Even the FBI got in on the act, telling me that I won $1 million! This, of course, is different from the email I received last week where the FBI (who I’m quite sure already has quite a bit of information on me) attempted to phish for some more.
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