E-mail fraud

I think most people know that “phishing” is a type of fraud where sensitive financial information is stolen, usually via e-mail or instant message.

Today I received a phishing e-mail from a fake PayPal.com, which looked authentic. It took me a few minutes to figure out their scam.

The e-mail asked me to click on: “https://www.paypal.com…”

But when I moved my cursor over the link, the actual site appeared in the lower left corner of my browser:

http://www.aol.com/ams/clickThruRedirect…”

The HTML code would look something like this:

<a href=http://www.aol.com/…&#8221;>”https://www.paypal.com…”</a&gt;

Where the real link is the first one after the <a href= HTML code.

Of course the lesson here is to always open a new brower window, and manually type in the web site whenever doing any online banking, or anything financially related.

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One response to “E-mail fraud

  1. It’s always important not to click on any email unless you were expecting it. This applies to bank accounts, pay pal, ebay, any stock trading accounts (etrade, etc.), as well as your retirement fund or anything else that deal with money or your personal information but it doesn’t just end there.

    You’d be surprised at how much information you get from someone’s florist account.

    2 cents….

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