These days, you may start receiving so many fake e-mails. Unfortunately, the longer you use the same e-mail address, chances of getting those fake e-mails will increase.
Those fake e-mail became very sophisticated and looks real on surface.
Please take a look at following sample fake e-mail image. For safety reasons, download link will not work (because it’s an image file).
If you click “Download Statement” link on an original e-mail, you will be redirected to;
(Again, the above link in an image file, so even if you click it, it will not work)
Most of the time, link address is connected to overseas “sharepoint” account. If you look at the above address sample and type in in your browser “https://churchillsecurity-my.sharepoint.com”, you will be directed to Microsoft Office 365 Sharepoint portal site for long in. It’s obviously an account in the UK and you start wondering what Queensland Motorways Management in Australia doing with the UK Sharepoint account.
One more sample disguising ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission)
It’s all fake. Worst case scenario is that your PC will be infected with virus (most recent one is ransom ware – “Wanna Cry”). Although it mainly targeted unprotected Windows XP users, the other Microsoft operating systems can be infected if it’s unprotected against such an attack.
Those who are interested to know what “Wanna Cry” virus can do, please take a look at the following YouTube video link.
Wanna Cry Ransomware Worldwide Attack
So as the rule of thumb;
The email itself looks like coming from a genuine source. Fake emails sometimes display some of the following characteristics, but as fraudsters become smarter and use new technology, the emails may have none of these characteristics. They may even contain your name and address and sent from a person or organisation you are very much familiar .with. You never ever click the link or open any attachment if received e-mail has the following characteristics.
- The sender’s email address may be different from the trusted organisation’s website address.
- The email may not use your proper name, but a non-specific greeting such as “Dear customer or client (see above sample e-mail).”
- Requesting an urgent response; for example the warning that unless you act immediately your account may be closed.
- A prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website.
- A request for personal information such as username, password or bank details. You weren’t expecting to get an email from the organisation that appears to have sent it.
- The entire text of the email may be contained within an image rather than the usual text format. The image contains an embedded link to a bogus site (see the above sample mail)
- On a body of e-mail, it shows a right person’s e-mail address asking you to send any question you have, however the link on an e-mail body to retrieve a document redirect you to a totally different location.
- Fake e-mail often forge Government organisation such as Australian Taxation Office, ASIC etc and layout of the e-mail is exactly the same as those e-mail sent out by such Government body.
Delete such a received e-mail immediately.
The best way to protect your PC is to back it up regularly so that you can get back on your feet even if your PC is infected. If you do not know how to back up you PC, please talk to your friendly computer specialist.