You log in to your email account and you noticed a mail with a subject heading claim your $$$$$, or a mail congratulating you for winning a lucky draw that you never participated, or it could be a depressing mail from one of your friends saying that he/she lost all her money in a foreign land and desperately need your support. Beware of such fake mails sent by the scammers. These junk mails are causing a threat to virtual security of the people. There are lots of active groups of scammer all over the world who send different scam mails to fool the people. Few will ask you to file your claim, few will ask to send bank account information from the lottery prize or they can send email from your friend’s or family member’s id. The scammer hack the email account first and then sent bulk mail to all the people in the contact list for the help and ask for money.
What is hoax mail:
Also termed as phishing mail, here scammer sends a mass mail to every email id he manages to get by using any method. The purpose of the hoax mail is to at least fool a few people by the fake alarming or prize winning news and get confidential information like bank account details, mother’s maiden name, date of birth and other confidential information that would help them in reaching your financial resources.
Why hoax mail:
The sole purpose of the hoax mail is to collect the information that could bring them closer to your cash. Be careful while using social media platform as it reveals your online identity to a large number of people and little loophole in security system could leak information like email and other sensitive information to the scammer.
How to spot the hoax mail:
Check the header part: do you recognize the sender’s email address? Is your email address listed as the from: address?
Check the content: Does it contain weird URL’s and links. Is there lots of typo and grammar error in the content? Is it promising big lucky draw prize in millions of dollars. Is it asking for procession money or bank account details for depositing money?
Does the mail content contain clickable links?
Mail with third party website links are often used to steal the confidential information of the users. Avoid such links.
Do not participate in market search or survey programs that ask to offer personal information
Purpose of the email
The email is not a secure way to share sensitive information. Remember bank, insurance companies and other agencies never ask to share sensitive information like password or username through emails.
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