“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.
FRAUD HELP DESK
THE DUTCH NATIONAL ANTI-FRAUD HOTLINE
Report fraud to us between 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday.
“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.
“Someone just tried to log into your Apple account from a different IP address”, is the quite disconcerting message of a new scam email purporting to come from Apple. It explains the subject line: “Your Apple Account is temporarily disabled”.
This conflicts with another sentence in the email, which warns that “your account will be disabled”, unless you verify your identity today. This can be done by clicking on a hyperlink. Don’t do this. If you do, you might end up on a counterfeit website where you will be asked to disclose your user credential or other confidential information. You might also have your computer infected with malicious software. Please ignore this email. It’s a phishing scam.
The subject line of a new scam email purporting to come from Apple may puzzle recipients. They are told that a specific type of security info was recently added to their Apple ID account. “If this was you, then you can safely ignore this email”, it reads. If it wasn’t, you’re in deep trouble.
Of course, you’re told to remedy the problem by clicking on a link. That’s where the real problem starts, so don’t even think about clicking. Ignore this email. It’s been crafted by scammers out to get hold of your user credentials or other personal information. Bin it straightaway.