Despite new technologies and the evolution of online security systems, scammers continue undeterred to turn and trick users. The new invention surpasses spam and phishing protection without major problems and it is really easy to fall for it due to the high likelihood of the email.
We are on guard against promises of extraordinary and unexpected winnings, as by following the suggested instructions, we could put our sensitive data at serious risk.
What to check to understand if it is a scam
However, knowing if the message sent to us by SMS or email is a scam is not that difficult. Most of the time, these sensational false promises automatically end up in your spam folder or automatically blocked.
In case we find it in our main folder, to accept its veracity, before even looking at the content, let’s look at the email address. If the message arrived to us is a scam, we can easily notice that this does not coincide with the official address of the proposed brand. Instead, we will find characters of all kinds placed randomly or names that cannot be correlated in any way to the product.
It looks like a winning and authentic email when in reality it hides a scam that so many are falling for
It is precisely starting from the name of the sender that the scammers organize the structure of the offending email. The messages in question have an appearance almost in line with the style of the big brands of sport, technology and fashion. Others, on the other hand, disguise themselves as shipping services with a package arriving at our address or being held at an alleged center.
What are the scammers aiming to achieve?
Sensitive data, from the simplest, such as name and surname, to those of the address and credit card. To do this, the user may be required to enter data on the linked platform.
The same result could be achieved by criminals by infecting our device with a virus. For example, it can sometimes happen that it looks like Netflix, but in reality it is a dangerous virus that sabotages our Facebook account.
The content of the message
In the case of the example proposed above, the scam takes place through applications with a request for access to the well-known social network. Instead, this deception goes through e-mail. In fact, it looks like a winning and authentic email when in reality it hides a scam that so many are falling for.
The recipient is warned that he is the protagonist of a sensational win. The first visible inscription is “Congratulations” followed by the name on our email address. Below, then, we find the photo of the won product or the possible win, for example a bike or a subscription, and the invitation to click on the proposed link. Frequently the latter is hidden under a sign “Answer the survey now”.
(We remind you to carefully read the warnings regarding this article, which can be consulted WHO”)