Scammers are sending out emails purporting to come from ABN AMRO in an attempt to obtain your user credentials and other confidential information. As so often with these phishing emails, a sense of urgency is created, tempting you to stop thinking and respond quickly. This time around, recipients are informed that they need to update their software without delay. This will only take a few minutes, the email reads. Just click on the link to continue. And if you have any questions, we’ll be happy to take your call. Don’t click and don’t call. This is a set-up by scammers posing as one of the Netherlands leading banks. You can delete this message without any problem. Remember that financial institutions will never send reminders or other important messages by email.
FRAUD HELP DESK
THE DUTCH NATIONAL ANTI-FRAUD HOTLINE
Report fraud to us between 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday.
The latest scam email posing to be from PayPal is ultra short and teems with spelling mistakes, a clear sign of a phishing message designed to get hold of your user credentials or other personal data. Don’t respond to this message and don’t give them the ‘few information’ they are asking for. PayPal will never send you such a sloppy message or ask you for any confidential information. Don’t click on any buttons and delete this email straightaway.
“Account locked due to invalid informations #009-721-591841278613397169” is the subject line of a new phishing email purporting to come from the Apple Security Team. Or is it the Apple Customer Care Team, as it says right at the bottom of the message? Anyway, “you can unlock after you update information”. Don’t update anything. Don’t click on the link given in this message. It teems with typos, grammatical errors and strange sentences – obvious red flags pointing to a phishing scam. Delete this message straightaway.
“A user has shared 2 files with you on OneDrive”, reads the subject line of an email message pretending to come from Microsoft. It hardly contains any text, but does give a whopper of a button “Review Awaiting Files” and has an expiry date. There’s always a sense of urgency in phishing emails, because that’s what this is. Other signs are sloppy writing (double spaces, use of capitals) or an odd-looking design. You are advised not to respond to this message. Delete it immediately.
“Cannot complete transaction. Action needed.”, reads the subject line of a new scam message purporting to come from PayPal. The email starts with a cryptic heading: “Your payment declined”. It’s followed by some seemingly comforting words: “Please note that this is not a charge. Your account will be limited due to receive multiple emails as the merchant processes your order.” Right, got it?
Don’t even try to understand what this means. Whatever you do, don’t respond to this email, don’t take any action and certainly don’t click on any links given in this email.
If you don’t confirm your information, we’ll limit what you can do with your PayPal account”. There is only one way out of this conundrum: pressing the button that says: “Resolve My Account”.
Don’t click on this link. And don’t reply to this email either. Even the scammers advise you not to reply: “This mailbox is not monitored”.
This is clearly a phishing scam. Delete it immediately.
The latest scam email posing to be from PayPal teems with spelling mistakes, a clear sign of a phishing message designed to get hold of your user credentials or other personal data. Don’t respond to this message and don’t give them the information they are asking. PayPal will never send you such a sloppy message or ask you for any confidential information. Delete this email straightaway.