Once again I had to go no farther than my own email box for today’s scam of the day f0r two examples of scams that operate by getting you to click on tainted links. Never click on links in an email unless you are absolutely positive that they are legitimate. When they come, as did the emails copies below, it is easy to see that they are just an attempt to get you and me to click on the links using whatever bait they think will work. However, other times the email may appear to come from a friend of yours. The problem is that you cannot be sure that your friend’s email account has not been hacked and that it is an identity thief who is sending you the link. Other times, even if you independently confirm that it actually is your friend who sent you the link, you can’t be sure that the link he or she sent is not one that is tainted and that he or she is unwittingly passing along. It is always important to confirm that not just the sender, but the link itself is legitimate before clicking on any links. The problem with clicking on the tainted link is that by clicking on the link, you unwittingly download a keystroke logging malware program that steals all of the information from your computer and ends up making you a victim of identity theft.
Here are two examples of emails I got today with tainted links. DO NOT CLICK ON THESE LINKS.
“Couldnt believe this in our area.. Click here to read it.”
“Read this please. Click this link.”
Interestingly enough, the first email came under the heading of “Safety First” while the second came under the heading of “smoking.”
As I have indicated above, do not click on any link in an email until you have verified both the identity of the real sender and the legitimacy of the link itself. Also make sure that you have a Firewall and good security software installed on your computer and always kept up to date. It is also important to keep the same kind of security software in place and up to date on your tablet, smartphone and other portable devices where you might download material. Too many people neglect security software for their portable devices. For more information, check out my book “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age.”