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Old Scam, New Tricks2/28/2018

There’s an old phishing scam going around, but with a new twist.

Scammers pretending to be a well-known tech company are emailing fake invoices showing that you’ve recently purchased music or apps from them, and asking you to click on a link if you did not authorize the purchase.

While you did not authorize the purchase (in fact, no purchase was made at all), DO NOT click on the link. This is how phishing emails get access to your computer and personal information, or to install ransomware that can lock you out of your own files until you pay a ransom.

Here are some rule-of-thumb tips to follow whenever checking your email:

  • Exercise suspicion. If a business, government agency, or organization asks you to click a link in an email – don’t. The link may seem legitimate, but clicking it may take you to a copycat site run by a scammer. If in doubt, don’t click, and call the organization to confirm the email.
  • Beware attachments. A scammer could even pretend to be someone you know, a friend or family member, and send you an email with an attachment containing malware. Keep an eye out for spoofed accounts (the email will look similar to a legitimate email, but not 100% correct) and call your friend, relative, or business who you think may have sent you something suspicious.
  • Automatic updates. Set your computer software and virus protection to update automatically. And just in case something should happen, back up important files regularly.

If you receive a phishing email, forward it to spam@uce.gov and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.

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