Here is another good example of a phishing email that is presently being circulated. It is a very compelling and official looking phishing email, but it is as phony as a three dollar bill. Phishing emails are sent by identity thieves and scammers to lure you into either clicking on links contained within the email which will download malware or providing personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft. They generally try to convince you that there is an emergency that requires your immediate attention or else dire consequences will occur.
Copied below is a new phishing email presently being sent to unsuspecting people that appears to come from GoDaddy. For those not familiar with this company, it is a very successful domain registrar and web host company that helps many people set up websites. This particular phishing email is sent from an email address that appears to be that of GoDaddy although it is not a real email address used by GoDaddy. Sophisticated scammers will often create email addresses to send phishing emails that will incorporate a variation of the name of the company they are posing as in order to trick you into believing it is legitimate.
Here is the email presently being circulated.
Legitimate emails from your GoDaddy would include your name and account number. Often phishing emails originate in countries where English is not the primary language and the spelling and grammar are poor. However this one has no spelling errors and is grammatically correct. Obviously, if you are not a GoDaddy customer, you will recognize immediately that this is a scam.
As with all phishing emails, two things can happen if you click on the links provided. Either you will be sent to a legitimate looking, but phony webpage where you will be prompted to input personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft or, even worse, merely by clicking on the link, you will download malware such as keystroke logging malware that will steal all of your personal information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft. If you receive an email like this and think it may possibly be legitimate, merely call your bank or other institution from which the email purports to originate at a telephone number that you know is accurate and you will be able to confirm that it is a scam.
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