High Levels of Phishing Attacks
We're seeing a high volume of phishing scams this week, including messages purporting to be from Chase, PayPal, Ebay, Verizon, and AT&T.
A phishing scam is an urgent-sounding email that tries to get you to click on a link, supposedly to log in to your online banking, credit card or other account. But the link actually takes you to the scammer's website, which will record your username and password to steal your identity, your money, or worse.
Sophisticated Recent Attacks
These attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated. Here are two recent examples that look legitimate:
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(which also show the actual link destinations).
Those might look real, but they are phishing scams. The links in the attack follow a common pattern that we've been seeing where the scammer has hacked into a web site and inserted a file in a new folder. The links look like this:
http://<domainname>.<tld>/<Eight random letters/digits>/index.html
Where <tld> is is a top-level domain, like ".com", ".net", etc.
For example: http://www.misjuegosonline.info/abCD1234/index.html
You can detect many phishing scams by hovering over the link in the email. The actual destination will appear at the bottom of your browser window. If it is not the actual web site, or looks something like the above, then it is probably a phishing scam. But don't even trust that. You can take a simple precaution to protect yourself.
Don't Be a Victim
In short, never click on a link in a email that is supposedly from your bank, credit card company, PayPal, etc. If you want to check your account, open a new browser window and and type the company's web address (like "chase.com") directly into it* .
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