By: Keyframe5 | posted in Alleged Scam/Fuard |
Date: February 20th, 2012
Email spoofing is to send fake, impersonate or forge emails to someone. It is often a technique used in spaming and phishing emails to hide the location of the sender and to trick the receiver to release personal information.
There are different types of email spoof, but they all have similarities. One main similarity is: you received an email that claimed to be from someone you know but in reality it was sent by another source.
Example of an email spoof
This example is for PayPal but the email spoof may claim to be from any organizations (Visa, MasterCar, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Skype, Microsoft, PayPal, you name it) or person (Bill Gate, Warren Buffett, your unknown relative from Africa who wants to wire you millions of dollars…).
If you mouse over the link in this email, the link will direct you to a webpage that is not PayPay. That is the dead give away of any email spoof when the links in the email do not link to the company’s website.
What if you click on it?
If you click on a link in an email spoof, it will direct you to a fake webpage. In this example, the fake webpage is the PayPal login screen.
Again, the dead give away of an email spoof is the URL or the webpages it link to. You can easily see that the URL of the example image below is not PayPal and if you enter your username and password on this fake PayPal login. You just given away your account to the fraudster of the email spoof scam.
Tips on how to avoid Email Spoof
Watch this video below for tips on how to catch and avoid being a victim of an email spoof.
Email spoofing in the News
Email has become a part of daily life for most, but what many people don’t know is how easily your email can be taken over by hackers.
A prime target for hackers are chain emails that are forwarded sometimes hundreds of times, according to Detective Jeff Flinchum with the Greensboro Police Department. Read more: Forwarding Chain Emails Prime Target For Hackers
Your bank or Internet Service Provider (ISP) will never ask you to confirm sensitive information like this. You could also forward the entire email to the financial institution or ISP its spoofing or send it to the authorities (such as the RCMP), but I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Tech-savvy scammers are often hard to track down and many of these emails originate from overseas. Read more: Hitting ‘reply’ to a spammer can cost you
These bogus emails appear to have been sent by the Better Business Bureau in suburban Washington, DC. But hackers are merely “spoofing” the BBB email address in an attempt to get your personal information. Read more: Scam Poses as Convincing BBB Email
This is the most widespread Internet and email scam today. It is the modern day “sting” con game. “Phishing” is where digital thieves lure you into divulging your password info through convincing emails and web pages. These phishing emails and web pages resemble legitimate credit authorities like Citibank, eBay, or PayPal. Read more: Phishing emails and phony web pages
Among the most spoofed brands in December were PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Santander and other financial services organizations. Targeting these companies is a shrewd move by cyber criminals as credit card spending increased 7 percent in December according to First Data, an organization that tracks consumer spending. Read more: New Phishing Stats Reveal Criminals Targeted Travel and Credit Card Brands during December
E-mail “spoofing” is a term used to describe e-mail activity in which the sender address and other parts of the e-mail header are altered to appear as though the e-mail originated from a different source. E-mail spoofing is a technique commonly used for spam e-mail, phishing, or other fraudulent intentions to hide the origin of an e-mail message. Read more: Even with holiday shopping over LPPD encourages Internet awareness
BBB (B.C.) top ten scams for 2012
Vancouver, BC, BBB announced its top scams for 2012 and the #1 scam for 2012 is “Brand Spoofing” also know as email spoofing.
- Brand Spoofing
- Advance Fee Loans
- Gold Buying Schemes
- Financial Elder Abuse
- Power Saving Claims
- Door-to-Door Sales
- Virus Fixing Scheme
- Fraudulent Locksmiths
- Penny Auctions
- Anti-Social Network
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