Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Latest On Internet Scams

The internet is a wonderful playground, full of fun and frolic. Just like on most playgrounds, you can get hurt if you're not careful. If you get a request from someone, asking for information that you know they should already have. Be suspicious, there is no reason for these emails to come, except to scam you out of whatever you have.

Have you ever opened an email from another bank, claiming they need your information, for your account, due to some glitch. They aren't even from your bank, so, you have to know that something is wrong. List companies sell your email address in with their list and the spammy scams are on.

It seems to work the same way with emails from Nigeria, India, and Africa, just to name a few. I received one of those from someone outside the country. They wanted to send me some ridiculous amount of money in gold bars. Since the bars were heavy, they explained, that they couldn't send them to me, until I sent them $16000.00 for shipping and I hope they didn't find any takers on that one.

I've also received information from, that there is a phishing page being sent around, that is supposed to be them. The email requires you to verify your account information.

According to Hoax Slayer A "Thank You" email purporting to be from Google informs the recipient that the company has received his or her resume. The message instructs the recipient to open an attached file to review the submitted job application. This is a malware email, that triggers, when you open the attachment.

If you receive requests for information from someone, look for an alternative way to contact them. If it's your bank, call them and ask them to verify that the email came from them. If it's an internet account like google or craigslist, open a separate tab, or window. Once you get into your account there should be something in your messages if there is any problems. To be honest though, only once have I ever been contacted by anyone online to verify my details. They made the contact by phone.



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