Learn how to detect and avoid all email scams


Email scams by hackers are now so commonplace and so advanced that so many people don't even know how to differentiate between real emails and fraudulent email.

Normally, we get tons of junk mails each day and in there are lots of emails scam just waiting to hit us but did you know that of recent, certain software has given hackers the ability to send emails directly to your inbox? A slight adjustment in settings which requires the mailing sever's signature and these emails would be marked as important on entering your inbox and unless you've got some top-grade FBI training, there simply no way you can tell it is a scam.

The most popular email scams involve banks. Here you get emails with links to update your bank details urgently to avoid some form of penalty. About three months ago, there was another odd Email scam being run by a group posing as Google. And then there is the social media type where you are invited to an odd social site for some reason and asked to enter your details.

Always, these email scams convey a sense of urgency and a link to a cloned site where all your personal information and even credit card billing information are demanded.


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The Netflix Email Scam

If you happen to check your email between Netflix binges and come across a message from the company saying your account is about to get suspended, don’t even try to open it—it’s certainly a scam. According to reports from Deadline, about 110 million Netflix subscribers have already been targeted with this phishing emails, asking them to update their personal/account information.

Mailguard, a US technology privacy company, notes that this new scam looks particularly original because the emails (with the subject line: “Your suspension notification”) are personalized to the recipient.

Once it's opened, the message informs Netflix users that their billing information “has been invalidated and urges them to update their details on the website right away,” providing a link to do so. The victim is then taken to a perfectly fake Netflix landing page (that even includes images of shows such as The Crown and House of Cards) and there is asked to log in with his or her personal information, including bank account and credit card numbers.



How To Detect and Avoid Email Scams

According to Mailguard, nine out of ten cyber attacks are delivered through email. To avoid becoming a victim to any of these scams, the Mailguard advises people to “hover your mouse pointer over links within emails and check the name of the domain they’re pointing to.”

A link trying to send to a fake Netflix site can be masked with other words such as 'www.netflix.com' but hovering your mouse pointer over the link will show the true destination.

Now, if you follow this advice and hover your mouse over that link I provided just above you will see that the site it is pointing to is 'www.this-is-fraud.com' a site I just invented and mask with an original looking link just seconds ago.

You may want to be careful now because the technology that is making your life better and more enjoyable is also empowering hackers to come after you with all kind of scam. Nine out of ten times, they will approach you with harmless looking emails that require all your personal information and once you give it, you are done.

Beware of Email scams. Not even the real companies being impersonated will compensate you for your losses.

As of the time of the publication, Netflix has made no public response to this issue of email scam rocking their subscribers, most of whom are being defrauded for thousands of dollars.

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