Phishing scams target your email and steal money from your bank account – here’s how to avoid hackers
Unscrupulous hackers send malicious phishing scams to unsuspecting Americans who might have their emails and bank accounts targeted.
Google researchers discovered more than two million phishing websites last year, a 25% increase from 2019.
Security experts warn Americans to pay close attention to emails they receive.
Hackers often include words such as âinvoiceâ and a company’s name in the subject line as they try to get their victims to act quickly.
Crooks also tend to use the keywords “required”, “message” and “new”.
Links to websites claim to be legitimate because hackers try to trick people into clicking on them, according to Technical radar.
Ben Brigida, SOC operations director at Expel, said TechRepublic: âThe attackers are trying to trick people into giving them their credentials.
âThe best way to do this is to make the email look legitimate, invite clear action, and add to the emotion. “
He said hackers want their victims to move so fast that they won’t stop and wonder if the email is legitimate.
Sometimes crooks can leave an email’s subject line blank, so it’s important for Americans to be vigilant.
Consumers have been advised to be wary of scanning QR codes and entering their personal information.
Scammers use QR technology to steal personal information including credit card details, addresses, and phone numbers.
Personal data is transferred within minutes from the moment a person scans a QR code to an email that sends their information directly to a scammer.
More than 46,000 fraud complaints have been registered in the United States since October 13 of last year, according to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracking.
Someone filed a lawsuit last week saying they lost over $ 65,000 to a bitcoin scammer.
Americans can take several steps to make sure they are not the victim of scams.
If a family member, friend, or acquaintance sends a QR code, be sure to contact them directly to make sure they sent it.
Also, do not scan QR codes sent by strangers and check the URL before opening the link.
Make sure to verify the source that uploaded the code by physically visiting the official website.
WhatsApp users have been warned of a bogus backup message that purports to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims.
Email scam involves cybercriminal posing as WhatsApp and encourage a victim to download a bug.
The message would be sent via a compelling email that appears to come from the messaging app.
The subject line is often “Copia de seguridad de mensajes de WhatsApp * 913071605 NÂº (xxxxx)”, according to The daily sip,
This roughly translates to “Saving WhatsApp messages * 913071605 NÂº (xxxxx)”. The email is said to be written in grammatically correct Spanish.
Users should never click on a suspicious link in an email or disclose their personal information unless they are sure it is 100% legitimate.
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