There’s so many emails that come are way. To the untrained eye, or those not technically adapt, they might fall prey, especially to those emails that say “you have a virus”.
I’ve never received a valid virus notice via email yet. However, I do trust my anti-virus program and delete my spam religiously.
Check out USA Today’s article on this very topic. It reads in part You don’t have to be dense to be duped. A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced that an e-mail promoting a “National Do Not E-mail Registry” was possibly a “ruse to collect valid e-mail addresses to sell to spammers.” Even more disconcerting, the faux site cleverly mimicked the very legitimate National Do Not Call Registry site.
The excess spam that might result from such a site is annoying but not usually life-altering. It’s another matter when a scam artist can nab your identity. And that’s just what those engaged in the practice of “phishing” are trying to do.
These are spoof e-mails sent out in a real company’s name, often, a financial enterprise. Forged e-mails employ genuine corporate logos and typefaces and sometimes altered “from” fields to make it look like the sender actually works at the company.
The Citibank hoaxes take a variety of forms, from falsified newsletters to phony attempts at verifying an account. If you don’t have a Citibank account, you’ll likely ignore the message. But if you are a customer, who can blame you for thinking it’s aboveboard?
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