Emails claim that recipients must confirm or re-validate their account by clicking a link or opening an attachment and providing username and password details or their webmail account will be permanently closed.
Email claims that money will be credited to the recipient’s account in return for filling out a “quick and easy” online survey
Email purporting to be from UK tax agency HMRC claims that the agency has recalculated your last fiscal activity and determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund.
Email purporting to be from Australian Internet Service provider BigPond claims that due to an “Internal Authentication Error” your account will be deleted and closed within 10 hours.
Email purporting to be from Apple Support claims that there is a problem with your Apple ID and, therefore, you must click a link to verify your account.
“Activity Alert” email purporting to be from the Bank of America claims that your account has been restricted because someone has used the account from different locations.
Messages purporting to be from the UK’s Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) claim that you are eligible for a refund from a previous payment and should click a link to complete a refund application.
Email purporting to be from financial services group USAA claims that your banking security validation has expired and, therefore, you must click a button to sign on and validate your account ownership.
“Update Request” email claims that Google has decided to close your account unless you open an attached file and follow the account review and update instructions.
Email claiming to be an important security update from UK-based bank NatWest urges you to click an “online verification” link to complete the update and keep your account “active and protected”.