Phishing remains one of the most common – and most effective – types of Internet scam. Phishing takes many forms and is a continuing threat to Internet users all around the world.
Here we highlight 6 phishing attacks that are currently being distributed. Note that, at any one time, many versions of these scam messages might be hitting inboxes.
However, other variants of the scams often share quite similar characteristics. So, by familiarising yourself with the examples listed here, you should quickly learn to recognize many different types of phishing scam messages.
If you have friends, relatives, or colleagues who you think may be vulnerable to these scams, you might want to help them avoid becoming victims by sharing this resource with them. This page will be reguallry updated with new phishing scam examples.
1: “Account Disabled” Facebook Phishing Scams
In this video, we cover phishing scams that falsely claim that your Facebook account has been disabled.
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2: Apple Store ‘Thank You For Your Order’ Scam Email
According to this email, which purports to be from the Apple Store, your order of an Apple iPhone 5c is about to be dispatched. The email does not contain your shipping and billing address but rather those of a person you do not know. It also includes a ‘cancel order’ link’ . The email features the Apple logo and is quite professionally presented.
However, the email is not from Apple. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.
3: “Unusual Activity Detected” Microsoft Account Phishing Scam
In this video, we cover a phishing scam email that tries to steal your Microsoft Account details. We show what happens when you click the link in the scam email.
4: LinkedIn “Unread Inquiries” Phishing Scam Email
According to this email, which claims to be from business focused social network LinkedIn, you have five unread inquiries waiting on the network. It invites you to click a link to read your unread messages. The email includes a photograph depicting a LinkedIn office building.
However, the email is not from LinkedIn. Instead, it is a rather crude phishing scam designed to steal your account information.
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5: Netflix ‘Problem With Your Membership’ Phishing Scam
According to this email, which purports to be from movie and TV streaming service Netflix, the company recently failed to validate your payment information. The email instructs you to click a link to complete a ‘brief validation’ process as a means of verifying your billing and payment details.
However, the email is not from Netflix and the claim that you must verify your account due to a billing issue is untrue. In fact, the email is a phishing scam designed to trick you into divulging your personal and financial information to cybercriminals.
6: PayPal “Verification Required” Phishing Scam Email
“Verification Required” email purporting to be from PayPal claims that your account has been limited due to several listed security issues and you must click a “Remove Limitation” button to address the issues.
Last updated: September 6, 2016
First published: September 6, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen