Today’s Scam of the day is about a phishing email that is particularly poorly done.  If scams are done by scam artists, this scam was done by a finger painter.    It purports to be  an invoice from “Gygabyte,” however, there is no such company.  There is a legitimate company named “Gigabyte,” but this email is obviously not from them. The graphics, grammar and overall appearance of the email is not very convincing.   As always, the purpose of a phishing email is to lure you into clicking on links contained within the email or providing personal information. If you click on the links, you end up downloading malware and if you provide the requested information, it ends up being used to make you a victim of identity theft. This particular phishing email provides a phone number to call if you wish to dispute the obviously phony invoice.

Here is the phishing email in all its glory.

GYGABYTE

Dear Customer,

This is just to inform you that a recurring system has been activated in your bank account for the service in your laptop. Today your account has been charged with 399 USD for one year plan from your savings account. Next year you don’t have to do anything. It will be auto renewed by automatic charge from your savings account.

Invoice
Serial No. MAO51088LO641

Sincerely,
John Bestow

Need help? Call us

Helpline No- +1(93049) 98662 – 8650829

Note: This is system generated email. Any reply to this email will not taken any            action. Please reach us if of any query.

TIPS

Never click on links or download attachments in emails or text messages unless you have absolutely confirmed that they are legitimate and don’t call companies at telephone numbers that appear in the email such as this one.  Instead, if the email appears to come from a legitimate company, you can call them at a telphone number you confirm is legitimate .  Don’t call the number that appears in the email.  One of the indications that this is not legitimate and is a phishing email include the fact that the email address from which it was sent has nothing to do with Gigabyte or even the fictional “Gygabyte.”  The email address appears to be that of some unfortunate person whose email account has been hacked, made a part of a botnet and used to send out spam and phishing emails such as this.  Additionally, the grammar is poor which may be indicative of the fact that the email may have originated in a country where English is not hte primary language.  Finally, nowhere in the email does your name appear.  The salutation is “Dear Customer.”

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