Ray Voegele
February 25, 2012
Data protection the original way
March 14, 2012

New phishing scams

Anyone not know what a phishing email is?

“Phishing” (also known as “carding” or “spoofing”) refers to email that attempts to fraudulently acquire personal information from you, such as your account password or credit card information. On the surface, the email may appear to be from a legitimate company or individual, but it’s not.

As a general rule, never send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you verify that the recipient is who they claim to be. Many companies have policies that state they will never solicit such information from customers by email.

That being said, the phishing emails are getting better at looking legit.

People usually ask me where the term “Phishing” comes from. It comes from “Fishing”. Setting out your bait, and waiting to see what bites. In today’s word, the bait is financial gain or information, and they are hoping “you” bite.

For tips on how to avoid being the victim of a phishing scam, take a look at these tips from Microsoft.

I received a great looking phishing email last week, It looked very legit, until the very bottom. Then I noticed some non English characters. That was my second clue. My first clue was that I don’t have an iTunes account and they don’t have my credit card.

The phishing email claimed that iTunes had just charged me $600. If this was an error, I should click this link to dispute the charges (or something to that effect). The link is where the trouble would begin. On close inspection I noticed the link didn’t go to itunes or apple, but instead to a domain registered in russia.

I sent a copy to apple so they could investigate and deleted it. Here is a look at what the email looked like.

Two days later a customer came in the store who had clicked on the link. His PC was infected and he now needed a repair. He received the same exact email as I did.

Be careful. A single click can cause a world of pain. Be vigilant, and don’t click on anything you don’t need to.