These days scammers are becoming more and more cunning in their attempts to get you to give them your personal and financial information. Here at redmail.com we are seeing an increase in fake emails pretending to be from "IT Support" or similar saying that your password is about to expire and you need to click on this link to renew.
Beyond just trying to hack into your email account (and once there they pretty much have control of your whole life!) the scammers may be trying to gain access to your bank details or other personal financial information (in order to take out a loan or similar in your name).
Typical ploys from scammers include :-
One real-world example of a phishing email
Imagine you saw this in your inbox. At first glance, this email looks real, but it’s not. Scammers who send emails like this one are hoping you won’t notice it’s a fake.
Here are signs that this email is a scam, even though it looks like it comes from a company you know — and even uses the company’s logo in the header:
While real companies might communicate with you by email, legitimate companies won’t email or text with a link to update your payment information. Phishing emails can often have real consequences for people who give scammers their information, including identity theft. And they might harm the reputation of the companies they’re spoofing.
Never click on the links in these emails.