In today’s world, we all have to be careful of any link we click on in email that we receive. If you don’t know the sender, don’t click. The risk of infecting your computer is high when clicking on unknown links.
Sometimes knowing the sender is not enough. As many of you have seen, the thieves who write these emails are smart enough to “spoof” your own email address. Unfortunately, one of the phishing attacks arriving in many mail boxes the last couple of weeks, looks (as many do) to be legitimate. It tricks many users because it uses your email address and domain name. A couple of addresses it may come from are firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or something similar.
The email “Subject” may be “For the owner of the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail account” or “A new settings file for the email@example.com” or something similar. The body of the email will read something like this:
Dear user of the youremaildomainname.com mailing service!
We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:
Best regards, yourdomainnamecom Technical Support.
If you receive an email like this, and you mouseover the link and read carefully, you will see that it leads to a different server other than youremaildomain.com. If you click on it you will be redirected to a site that will likely infect your computer. Just delete the email. Do not click on the link!
If you are a WebWise Design & Marketing customer, please know that we would never send an email asking you to apply new settings by clicking on a link. No other responsible email provider would ask that of you either.
Protect your computer with good antivirus and malware software that includes anti-phishing protection.
Most importantly do not click on links without looking to see where they will lead you!
Practice safe clicking.