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The temptation, to be rich over night, how wonderful can that be! There are people who know to play with that nagging feeling. The have created very official looking emails to convince people of their truthfulness. I get those email too, and sometimes, even I, as an experienced Internet user, am tempted to believe some emails. When they look like they come from my bank, post office or from the government.
The other day I got an email from the post office, the logo was correct, and the message was:”Sorry we didn’t find you home to deliver your package, you can collect it at the nearest post office. It contained a Track&Trace code. My husband was in town and I called him to tell him: Please dear, fetch that package. 5 minutes later he called back and said, I hope you didn’t click the Track&Trace link because it’s a phishing email according to the post office employee. I didn’t click the Track&Trace link, but I did fell for the message. It looked so real!
Here are some examples of phishing scams:
Sounds very nice, they even wish me a wonderful day! But when I ask Google about this unit, the tell me different. The European Debt Recovery Unit doesn’t exist, it’s a scam. There isn’t a debt recovering unit which pays unpaid funds.
Some other examples of phishing email scams
Sounds awfully official, FedEx Delivery Post, a winning package? And they even go through the trouble to tell me that there is not a virus attached. Very nice to know. Don’t click the attachment!
- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURE SECRETARY
Who the heck is MR.JAKOB J LEW, let’s do a survey on Google.
Obviously NOT A NICE GUY!
- Mrs. Veronica Ellen
I don’t know if this is really a Mrs because when I add “Mrs. Veronica Ellen scam” into the Google search bar, I end up in Nigeria. Anybody can be claiming they have cancer and ask for a “fund me” and without a doubt, you will fund some Nigerian scammer if you decide to pay.
- Mrs. Aandra Ben or Mrs. Sandra Ben
This person uses multiple names. Victim compensation? From the IMF? The International Monetary Fund?
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
THEY DO NOT PICK OUT SOME INDIVIDUAL TO PAY OUT VICTIM COMPENSATION!
- James Comey (FBI)
Hover over the sender, and the attached email will be displayed. An email from The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The FBI will use for sure another sender email address as displayed: firstname.lastname@example.org? That doesn’t look very trustworthy to me.
The huge amounts
There must be a light go on when you see the amounts of money they promise to wire to you. $8.500.000? $5.500.000? etcetera. Are you serious? I just watched Dr. Phil, the poor woman had been conned by someone in Nigeria. They stole the picture of a policeman, good looking man indeed, but unfortunately not the man behind the phone conversations and the emails. The only things the are after are to laundering money or to lift your pocket.
GOOGLE> GOOGLE> GOOGLE>
Whenever you get an email of which you do not trust the sender or the content, GOOGLE it! You’ll be amazed what you can find out by Googling email addresses, addresses, names, and content.
Google reverse for images
You can do that here, drag and drop the person’s image into the Google search bar. Big chance you find out it’s a purchased image from iStockPhoto or a nicked one from Facebook. They just “lent” a picture from a very good looking man or woman to con you. Watch out for slick profile pictures.
Don’t let some creep fool you!
- Check the sender’s email
- Check on Google any name and number
- Check profile images on Google reverse search
- Be aware huge amounts of money and/or lending your bank account, money laundry is prosecutable!
- Do not fell for sad cancer or accident stories, they are fake!
- Official companies do not approach you for data
- Never share any personal data
- Do not share your credit card numbers
- Do not share your pin code to anyone!
- Never ever click a link in an email message! Be very sure if it’s safe before you do!
Where report phishing emails?
On top of your email program in your spam box, you can find a drop down and you can report every phishing email by selecting the email and push the button. The message will be automatically be removed as well.