- The Classic Phishing Scam -
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The classic phishing scam – a method that is as old as the internet and will (probably) never die out. Why? Because scammers will use it as long as there are people who are inattentive or just uninformed. If you don’t want to belong to this group – take a look at this article.
The Eternal Scam
A scammer who uses the “Phishing” technique tries to get personal data like:
- Credit Card Information
- Other sensible personal data
The most common place to encounter this scam is your email inbox.
Order of Events
The scammer sends you an email, containing a link to his phishing website.
Scammers can’t just write you “send me your personal information”. They usually copy the email design of big companies like Amazon, eBay, PayPal and others. They also fake their email address. It will look like “amazon@support” has sent you a message.
The email will urge you to click on the included link/button and tells you to log in on the linked page, or else your account will be deleted or other.
If a user follows the link in the email he will see a login page that looks ‘exactly‘ like, for example, the login page of Amazon, eBay, PayPal or others
The scammer hopes that the users enter their login details. If they do it, he will receive them and his page sends the users to a random Error Page on the real website.
For example – the user thought that he logged into his Amazon account and now the scammer’s website redirects him to an Error Page on the real Amazon website so that the user thinks it’s just a normal login error and does not recognize what just really happened.
The scammer will (almost all the time) cause a lot of financial damage to the victim.
How to Avoid Getting Scammed
If an email asks you to follow a link/click on a button – you should always be suspicious.
Take a look at the email address. Is it strange looking?
One thing a scammer CAN’T copy is the URL of the website.
So the real URL of the Amazon login will have the amazon.com in it.
A scammers URL will not have amazon.com – it will look like this:
ConCLUSION – ALWAY CHECK THE URL
- It could safe you a lot of trouble