I was reading an article on the Target hack last night, and it said they now believe 70 million individuals had their information compromised, including email addresses and phone numbers. Phishing emails and scam phone calls are about to increase significantly . We received the above email this week (and we don’t shop at Target!).
Some clues to look for:
- Sender: The sender appears to be email@example.com. First of all, Yahoo isn’t an “org”. When you hover your mouse pointer over the sender, the real email address will display. This email was sent to us from “firstname.lastname@example.org”
- Grammar and Spelling: This email is warning me my account will be deleted “due to none usage of these “emails”
- Login: Any email asking you to provide login information or to “update your information” should be deleted immediately. After you delete the email, go to the actual website (NOT from a link in the email) or call them to check on your account.
We also had a customer this week who had received a phone call from Microsoft advising him he had viruses and they needed to remote in to fix them. Any phone call you receive out of the blue telling you that you have computer issues is a scam. (unless you know you are paying a company for remote monitoring). When in doubt, shoot me an email or call us to double check!