Navigating the Cyber Seas: Unmasking and Dodging the Latest Email Phishing Scams Like a Seasoned Mariner!
Ahoy, digital sailors! Today, we’re embarking on a thrilling voyage to navigate the treacherous waters of the internet. Our mission? To help you, our dear readers, spot and avoid the latest phishing scams that are swimming around in your email inbox, just waiting to take a bite out of your…
A huge batch of scam text messages with links going to onlinehome.us have been going out, phishing for your Amazon, Netflix, Venmo, and other credentials. Many of them appear to include the strings “membershpspprt” or “mailspprtaccnt” in the ‘from’ field, suggesting that they are all part of a bot effort using the same script or scripts.
Hello, 2019 called and wants their AudioFileWall (Audio File Wall) V-Mail “it says you have a voice mail but really it’s malware” spam back. Because that spam, carrying that malware, is back. Or at least carrying similar malware. Although some versions are actually voicemail phishing scams, meaning there is a real voicemail, telling you to call a certain number, or log into a certain account. Either way, delete with extreme prejudice!
A new American Express credit card identity theft phishing scam is being sent out in spam email. The subject line is “A recent charge attempt requires your attention” with a random number, so that the subject of our sample reads “A recent charge attempt requires your attention 688836786” The spam goes on to ask “did you recently use your card?”
Below is the newest eBay phishing email example, sent out and received on June 21, 2022. Don’t fall for these sorts of eBay scams! If you receive an email from eBay (or anywhere) about an order that you know you didn’t place, delete it! Now of course, the scammers know that you know that you didn’t place the order; what they are counting on is you panicking and thinking that someone else has placed an order in your name, using your credit card information. And they are counting on you clicking the link to “the order” so you can tell eBay that there must be some mistake. Of course, it’s not really eBay to which that link leads: you’ve fallen right into their trap.
There is a fresh phishing email scam targeting Reddit users. The Reddit phishing emails exactly mimic the “you have a new follower” Reddit email, but when you click on the “View Follower” button, well, you do get an eyeful, but not the view you were expecting. Generally the purported followers are national brands (we’ve seen samples saying that the new follower is Kroger, and PrudentialFinancial, among others).
GoDaddy customers got email ‘from’ GoDaddy (really from email@example.com), about a massive power failure, with links to click. Don’t do it!
If you receive a text message that appears to be from AT&T, telling you that you had an unsuccessful payment, and to call 422850125, don’t respond!
If you get an email that seems to be from GoDaddy with the subject “Complete required actions”, do not open it, and for goodness sake do not click on the links in it!
If you’ve received an email with the subject “NOTIFICATION – Storage Full” (it may also have your email address in the subject), or an email which comes from, apparently, firstname.lastname@example.org, don’t open it! It’s a phishing scam trying to scam you out of your personal information!
There is an evil new phishing spam going around that is using Google Docs to do its dirty work. The subject is along the lines of “(Someone) has shared a document on Google Docs with you” – in many of the samples it is ‘Brett Schager has shared a document on Google Docs with you.” Many of the samples are also sent “to” email@example.com (you receive it because you are in the bcc: field).
Members of USAA insurance and banking programs have been receiving email that appears to come from USAA (which stands for United Services Automobile Association), but which are actually phishing scams. The scam email comes from the nonexistent domain usaaservice.com (such as from “USAA.ServiceAccount@usaaservice.com”).
Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Key Bank are among bank accounts being phished, SMiShed and vished by scammers who are sending SMS text messages to users, directing them to call hijacked Holiday Inn Express phone numbers which the scammers have disguised to make them sound like automated banking systems. So far this current crop has happened primarily in the Houston area.
“Emergency! Your phone is HACKED!!” says the subject of the email that appears to come from Tech Crunch. But in reality, this email is spam, with a link that almost certainly goes to malware, so don’t open or click on it!
Today, September 3, 2014, a new spoofed GoDaddy phishing spam started showing up in people’s inboxes. “Your account contains too many directories”, it tells you (for example, in our sample the subject is “Status Alert: Your account contains more than 9740 directories”).