Don’t Fall For Sneaky Email Scams

I’ve written about not falling for “phishing” email scams in the past (like here), but I think it’s time for a reminder. I’ve been getting a lot of them lately (many travel-related) and they’re getting more and more clever.

For example, the one in the screenshot above looks like it’s from a travel agent who claims to have booked me and my spouse in a suite at a Marriott hotel. Obviously, I didn’t click the link listed; I hovered over it and took a screenshot to show you that it really wasn’t from Marriott.com and rather some site in India that most likely has malware installed to steal my personal info.

Moral of the tip: Never click anything suspicious. When you see emails like this one, just delete them. Don’t reply and definitely don’t click or share. If you believe the email might concern a real matter and you’re not sure, just go directly to the company’s website directly and check in that way.

Related: Beware of the Emailed Speeding Ticket Scam

 

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3 Comments on "Don’t Fall For Sneaky Email Scams"

  1. One of the things I do regularly is clear my “cookies”. We use Linux mint with Firefox Browser…Go into the “Hamburger menu” ,select clear history , check the appropriate boxes (how much you want to clear) click ok. This seems to really lower the amount of spam I receive and redirects in the browser. Love seeing you on the Tech Guy with Leo

  2. In this tip, it recommends to just delete the email. It is better to mark it as junk/phishing scam. This will make it more difficult to send similar emails from that particular email address.

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