tricks for e-mailAlso known as phishing scams, these are fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or personal data, by posing as a legitimate entity via email. Scammers use various methods to trick users into revealing sensitive information or taking malicious actions.
These are the most common types of phishing emails:
Classic phishing: Scammers send phishing emails that appear to come from a trusted company or organization, such as a bank or online service company. They ask the recipient to update their personal information or provide sensitive details by clicking on a fake link. These links often lead to fraudulent websites that mimic the look and feel of a legitimate site, but are actually designed to steal information you enter.
Technical support email scams: Scammers pose as support representatives from a reputable company, such as Microsoft or Apple, and send emails claiming that there is a problem with the recipient’s account or device. They request remote access to the device or provide personal information to resolve the alleged problem. Once they gain access or information, they can carry out malicious activities or steal sensitive data.
Sweepstakes and Prizes Cheating: scammers They send emails to let the recipient know that they have won a large amount of money in a lottery or promotion. They ask for personal and financial information to process the prize, but in reality they only seek data that would allow them to commit fraud.
If you ever receive a suspicious email or from an untrusted source, and its subject matter is not trusted or unsafe, we recommend that you do not open it, let alone interact with its content. You can mark itB and remove it from your main inbox immediately.
One of the most popular ways to get robbed today is cryptocurrency fraud, touted as a smart way to save and make money. It has gained so much popularity that some governments have chosen to invest in this “digital business”.
In a report by the company Kaspersky Antivirusa new form of fraud was reported where users were invited to withdraw money supposedly extracted from their accounts on some supposed “automated cloud mining platform”.
How do they do it?
According to Kaspersky, the process begins when an email attached to a PDF notifies the recipient that it’s been almost a year since they last logged into their account. Bitcoin cloud mining, which they supposedly once created. Meanwhile, the scammers write that 0.7495 BTC (approximate value of $15,000 USD) has accumulated in the account, and this is the hook to get the user’s attention.
But here’s the alleged problem: Since the account has been inactive for about a year, it will be banned very soon, after which the mined cryptocurrency will be distributed among other users of the platform. Time is of the essence, though it’s unclear how much a user actually has: the email says “2 days 23:58:38” in capital letters, while it says “within 24 hours” in small print. Be that as it may, all is not lost: the user still has time to log in and withdraw funds.
As shown in the following picture:
Scam email, credits to Kaspersky
Clicking the button in the file then takes the user to said “Bitcoin Mining” site (the word “Cloud” has been removed from the name at this point). Two good news are waiting for you. Firstly, it turns out that the platform remembers the user by his IP address, so there is no need to remember the username and password. Secondly, the yield has now increased to 1.3426 BTC, just over $30,000 at the time of writing.
Then they proceed with more attached steps which consist of filling out forms with your data, you open a chat in which “Sophia” comes, as operations manager and they will ask for your bank card information, when you finally enter all your information, you have the option to make the payment and after that they will charge you.
Image Payment and completion of the scam, credits to Kaspersky.
This is the new form of scam that has spread and many people have fallen for it, because of the amazing offer to withdraw $15,000 from your Bitcoin account.
How can you protect yourself?
- Do not open suspicious emails from untrustworthy sources
- Install an antivirus that will protect your email
- Do not enter your bank card details on any questionable website.
- Do not share confidential information with strangers.
- Do not open links or believe in prizes or flash offers where they offer you money or prizes for doing nothing.
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