Samsung: The delivery person is on his way to you
Scammers posing as Samsung are spamming out messages informing recipients that they won a prize. “We urgently request you to claim the prize within one day, otherwise we’ll be forced to contact the person next on our list and your prize will expire.” Yes, old-fashioned digital arm-wrestling: press the button now, or else.
The trouble, however, starts as soon as you click on the hyperlink. It will direct you to a fake website where you will see the brand new Galaxy S9+ which you will never receive. On the contrary, you will be asked to give up something valuable first: your personal details. These may include your banking information. In other words, this is a phishing message. Delete it immediately.
Knab: This is your Knab alert
It urges you to request a new card before Christmas.
The message is well designed and has few spelling errors, making it look authentic and credible. It even contains a warning at the bottom not to give away any user credentials. The irony is that this email has been crafted to tempt you to do just that. This is a well-disguised phishing email. Delete is immediately.
ICS: Verify account [#752074]
The absence of a personalised greeting gives away the latest scam email purporting to come from ICS. The company that process credit card payments is a hot favourite among phishers. Their aim is to get hold of your user credentials so that they can use your credit card and empty your bank account.
This time, they have opted for a lengthy letter with an exaggerated official tone. It even includes advice on how to protect yourself from phishing. This doesn’t include obvious red flags such as odd sentences, spelling mistakes or a strange layout. Don’t click on the links given in this email: you may be redirected to a counterfeit website and have your computer infected with malware. Delete this email right away.
“An email containing confidential personal information was sent to you” – this is the opening line of an email pretending to come from FedEx. It’s about personal information, but the message itself lacks a personal greeting. In fact, there is no salutation at all. Another red flag should be the sender’s email address, which begins with ‘bob’. And there are more unusual URLs hidden behind the hyperlinks given in this email. Its only objective is to get hold of your ‘confidential personal information’ so that the scammers who have crafted this can get access to your computer or transmit malicious software. Delete this email immediately.
ABN AMRO: Reminder: your action is required
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.
PayPal: View your recent activity !
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.