12 Shrewd Email Tactics Hackers Use To Rip You Off
The cyberworld is under attack like never before and it's getting more and more difficult to discern between legitimate emails and fraudulent schemes.
The Perils of Email
Anybody who has an email account is receiving a ton of junk mail. A lot of it is harmless spam. Unwanted, perhaps, but harmless. But, many emails are rolling into your inbox that are nothing more than attempts by hackers to gain access to your computer, infect your computer, and tap into your personal information. These are anything but harmless.
Angels in Disguise
The ever-growing problem is how hackers nowadays are able to disguise themselves as legitimate and believable sources and trick unsuspecting victims into clicking on a link in the email or downloading an attachment. In both cases, the results can be disastrous to the victim, because that is exactly how these hackers gain immediate access to your computer and personal information.
Looking For Clues
There are clues to look for when you are trying to determine if an email is legitimate, but sometimes it can be challenging. Some hacking-attempts are more obvious. Often times they will come with some sort of legal threat against you if you don't respond, or they will threaten to suspend your account. Oftentimes, it appears as though the email is for your benefit and your protection. Most often, that is not the case.
What Do Bogus Emails Look Like?
I have received my share of these phishing emails that try to entice me into their web of deceit by clicking on a link or downloading an attachment. I'm sharing them below in hopes it can shed some light for some folks who may be confused by the ingenious and subtle tactics of foolery employed by these computer-hacking swindlers.