Friday, September 28, 2012

Desperate Phishermen

Wow, these phishermen are really setting the bait waiting to lure us into the frying pan. But whatever you do, don’t succumb to the persuasion, cause you’ll find yourself in a nasty trap. One minute you’re enjoying the safety of a warm swimming experience through cyberspace, the next you’re hauled in, and prepped for dinner.

There’s a reason the subject line and message are so compelling. They play on your hopes or your fears. Sometimes they play on your fears and give you hope, but almost always, they lead to destruction.  These scams do nothing more than at the most innocent level, collect personal information or lead you to a website they want you to visit.

One of the most obvious ways to tell a scam is that the hyperlinks don’t lead where the wording says. In these examples, they claim to take you to the IRS. But just as a trophy bass strikes a lure hoping for a yummy meal, we are fooled the same.

Check out the example from the "IRS":

It's real cheeky. You can bet these hyperlinks don't go to the IRS.

 Here's one from my "bank":

Your Transaction Report(s) have been uploaded to the web site:

Please note that your bank account will be debited within one banking
business day for the amount(s) shown on the report(s).

Please do not respond or reply to this automated e-mail. If you have any
questions or comments, please Contact your ADP Benefits Specialist.

Thank You,
ADP Benefit Services

Remember, be smarter than the trap. Just delete these messages and other suspicious emails that supposedly come from your bank, government agencies, PayPal and etc. Make phone calls and check the facts. You can even google the subject line and find out whether or not they are legitimate.

Be safe

Red Bike Publishing 

These folks write really compelling Jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP is the owner of Red Bike Publishing Red Bike Publishing . Jeff is an accomplished writer of non-fiction books, novels and periodicals. He also owns Red bike Publishing. Published books include: "Get Rich in a Niche-Insider's Guide to Self Publishing in a Specialized Industry" and "Commitment-A Novel". Jeff is an expert in security and has written many security books including: "Insider's Guide to Security Clearances" and "DoD Security Clearances and Contracts Guidebook", "ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual", and NISPOM/FSO Training" See Red Bike Publishing for print copies of: Army Leadership, The Ranger Handbook, The Army Physical Readiness Manual, Drill and Ceremonies, The ITAR,and The NISPOM

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