Today’s Scam of the day is another phishing email sent to me from a Scamicide reader who had received it. A copy of the short email appears below. As with all phishing emails, its purpose is to lure you into clicking on a link in order to resolve some problem. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK in the copy below. Clicking on the link will result in either your downloading a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of the information from your computer such as your Social Security number, credit card numbers and banking information that will then be used to make you a victim of identity theft or when you click on the link you will be prompted to provide personal information that will also be used to make you a victim of identity theft. Some phishing emails are better than others and this one was not very convincing. The email address from which it was sent had nothing to do with Yahoo. It was most likely the address of someone whose email had been hacked and made a part of a botnet of computers used by identity thieves to send out their phishing emails. In addition, this email is not directed to you by name, but rather as “Dear Customer,” In addition, if you look closely at the word “Yahoo” you will see that instead of the letter “O,” appearing twice at the end of the word “Yahoo,” the digit zero “00” appears twice.
The most important thing to remember is to never click on links in emails or download attachments unless you are absolutely sure that they are legitimate. In this particular case, it is easy to see that this particular email is a scam. Additionally, you should make sure that your anti-malware and anti-virus software are installed and up to date with the latest security updates while remembering that you cannot rely on your security software because it is generally about thirty days behind the latest viruses and malware programs.
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