I was thinking about posting an article about Email Scams that is haunting you since many years, Now the time has come. It’s just because, I found an interesting (and off course very funny idea!) mail in my oldest yahoo mail inbox.
Don’t neglect this matter because every day thousands of email users (including mobile SMS) falling to this trap and make themselves to fall more deeply into these type of foolishness.
Scammers are so friendly telling you that you deserve all of this wealth, pulling you into their web of deceit. The sender of these type of scam emails knows exactly what it is you want to hear, and offers you an abundance of it.
Email scams have been with us since the Internet went commercial back in the early 1990s. Now, scammers have gotten more sophisticated, and some of the more recent email scams are harder to detect.
Now a day they are sending bulk sms to mobile numbers stating that “you have won the prize etc”. But don’t miss the real messages of your winning and do recheck the origin of that sms or email.
Examples of Email Scam Affected people:
I have seen many doctors, engineers and educated fellows felt to these traps and they helped to catch some of these scammers. It is a weekly news in local TV channels. I think Indians are their main target for these scams. In most of the cases, scammers ask the person to deposit some cash to scammers bank account in order to receive their Prize or Package delivery. Then, they use same method to him/her telling any reasons until he/she fed up (lost almost money!).
Let’s look at some of the email scams that are currently going around the Internet and how you (and your users) can recognize them and keep from being victimized by them.
Read on this article and in the end of this list find the latest and funniest scam email that I received in my inbox.
1 – Fake Facebook “friend” messages in your mailbox
The popularity of Facebook has surged, and scammers have found that bandwagon to take advantage of the way the social sites work. For example, depending on your account settings, you may get email messages whenever someone posts to your Facebook wall or sends you a private message. Remember to see the domain name written on mail that actually www.facebook.com and not www.facebook.xxxxxx.com (xxxxxx can be any scam domain name)
2 – Account cancellation scam emails
I have received a number of messages, which states that that my account has been or is about to be cancelled. These types of messages can come from fake Amazon, PayPal, even from your bank. Close examination of the messages show them all to be scams. In many cases, you already know about these scam mails, because you don’t even had an account with any of these organizations.
The message contains a link that looks real, such as www.yourbank.com, but when you hover your mouse pointer over that link to show the actual URL, it’s something different! These scam messages often contain typos or grammatical errors you would not expect from a real company.
3 – Viagra mails
I will not write anything about these scams because any moron can find out these mails as scam mails. If you still read those Viagra type of mails, then you are in danger!
4 – Packages delivery messages
Any other time of the year, you might be suspicious if you were notified that you had an unexpected delivery from DHL, FedEx, or UPS. During the holidays, it’s a common occurrence. Scammers know this, so they’re seizing the opportunity and sending email messages telling you that you have a package that couldn’t be delivered because of some problem with the shipping address. Many of these mails contains an attachment in zip format, and it is nothing but malware to infect your system!
5 – Threats from the government
A recent scam email has been going around that purports to warn you that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have been informed that you’re allegedly involved in money laundering and/or terrorist activities. If these (real) government agencies found you as guilty then they won’t email you, they will meet you in person.
6 – Mails from Microsoft, Dell, HP, Yahoo and the list go on..
There are dozens of email scams range from fake security warnings with attachments that claim to be vulnerability fixes (but are really malware) to bogus “special offers” to “payment requests” that require you to download and install a “transaction inspector module” (which is really a Trojan) if you want to decline to have the payment charged to your credit card.
7 – Lottery Winning or Job Opportunities emails from Big Companies
There are many emails which can be in your mailbox telling that “You’re a winner in the lottery, contest, or drawing. All you have to do to claim your prize is fill out a form and email it back. Please do recheck the mails and don’t send any information to any such scam emails, they will torture you mentally or might be financially J
8– Help needed…
Some scam emails tells a long story of accidents of his/her parents and sudden death etc. They send these emails by some fair and beautiful girls name (along with fake snapshot). They tell you to help to use their box of golds, diamonds or to cash the amount in their parents Bank accounts! Beware (especially, for some young fellas!) you might be ashamed yourself if you follow these types of emails.
Here is my final scam mail type (there are more scams than the numbers in this list)
9– Facebook along with Yahoo Messenger to give your Winning Amount!
The mail states like this:
YOU HAS WON GBP£820,000.00 (EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS ONLY) YOUR E-MAIL I.D. EMERGED AS ONE OF THE TEN FINAL RECIPIENTS OF A CASH GRANT/DONATION OF (GBP£820,000.00) POUNDS IN THE FACEBOOK / YAHOO MESSENGER CHAT AWARDS PROMOTION U.K. E-MAIL DRAW, FOR THE CLAIM OF YOUR PRICE YOU ARE TO CONTACT THE BELOW INFORMATION VIA E-MAIL WITH YOUR REF.FB/968/09. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT FILE FOR FURTHER STEP HOW TO CLAIM THE PRIZE.
Below are the parts of the attachment with this mail, which was in PDF format.
Just look at these screenshots. Newcomer to internet world will be trapped easily by these mails. Please spread this article if you really hate these scammers and if you really make alert your friends who might fall into these type of traps.