Have you ever encountered with any email fraud scams such as claiming you have won a big lottery from the big companies like Google, FIFA or your email has been chosen to be the lucky one to get millions of dollars or some rich folks want to secretly give you millions of dollars or some stranger is ready to invest on your business or some rich folk deposited huge amount of money in the bank and died and no one is there to claim his/her money and your surname matches with that rich folk so you can be represent as his/her family heir/inheritor for claim and the one who send you email can help you on that and so on? If so, then you are in the targeted zone of the spammer. Those emails are not other than the phishing fraud scam emails whose only intention is to make you excited by showing the large amount of money so that they can lure you into their scam to get your personal details such as bank accounts, passports, credit cards etc. So, we strongly suggest you to never ever provide any information to those scammers. Actually if you get those kinds of emails, you should never reply them and you should never click any links within such emails. We are going to provide more information on these types scam emails with examples and the way to report them within this post.
What is Phishing email? More information on Phishing email.
When someone try to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. So, those emails which claims unbelievable things and try to take out your personal information, those are called as Phishing emails or also commonly known as scam or fraud emails. If you ever encounter with such kinds of emails, you should never reply those emails and never should provide your personal or financial information and also should not click on the links within those emails.
Some scam emails are more professional than as we have described above. Some of them even scam people by using exact email format of companies like Paypal, Microsoft and so on. In those emails you will be notified like your Paypal account got limited or something unusual happen within your Paypal account or you can't use Microsoft service unless you upgrade and for that you need to click the link within that email and so on. First of all we warned you that whenever you got such kind of critical messages, first of all check the email address of the sender. For example, if email address is not end with "paypal.com" in the case of Paypal email, then that is 100% not from Paypal. You should never click the link on those kinds of emails. Even if you think those are real, then you can check by log in into your Paypal account or Microsoft account or so on. To be much more safer, never click any link within those kinds of emails even if you think those are real because you can simply check those details by going to the official sites of respective companies.
Phishing Email Examples
You can find the screenshots of several kinds of phishing, fraud, scam emails as below. We encourage everyone to use our comment section below to provide the screenshots of more phishing emails.
Above are only few examples of phishing emails. There are outnumbers of emails like that. Actually we can understand that most of the people can be confused when they find out the emails in exact format of big companies like Paypal, Microsoft and so on. But, we are surprise to see those people who believe when they got emails like they own lottery when they haven't purchase any lottery or someone want to give them millions of dollars without any reasons or want to make them heir/inheritor of some died rich folks and so on. Come on. Think twice. If companies like Google, FIFA or rich folk like Carlos Slim Helu really want to distribute their money like in some of those phishing emails have mentioned, even in that case why they want to distribute their money to random people instead of donating for real cause? Only mad rich person will throw their money like that because when they select random people, it is not necessary that only poor people get that email. Those emails can be landed within the email address of rich person as well. So, why one rich person wants to donate his/her money to another rich person? What they will get for doing such foolish thing? So, in one way, it is your own fault if you believe them. Yep, we agree that most of time when people see big amount of money in front of them, they don't want to believe the reality and want to convince themselves even they know those emails are fraud. So, in that case, instead of testing those emails by sending your personal information to them, it is better to report those emails to concern departments. If you don't know where to report such emails, you can find about that later in this post.
First thing that you should not do is clicking any links in those kinds of emails and second thing you should never do is sending any personal information to them. Some of those emails directly ask for personal information while other provide you their contact details so that you can contact them further and that time they will ask your personal information. Even in some cases, they will not ask any personal information, but just will ask you to take some money and meet them somewhere in order to go with them in the bank to pay the necessary transaction fees in the bank. Believe us, that is the last thing you want to do because if you do that, you will not only risk your money, but may be also risk your life.
Where and how to report fraud emails?
If you find out some phishing emails or have been already victim of scam emails, you can report fraud email scams to the concerned departments like Internet Crime Complaint Center or Federal Trade Commission by clicking the links as below:-
1. Internet Crime Complaint Center:- https://www.ic3.gov/complaint/
2. Federal Trade Commission:- https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
You can also forward those kinds of phishing emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, sometimes even you can get the emails from the scammers pretending to be from FBI, but you should know that FBI does not send mass e-mails to random people explaining about cyber scams. So, if you ever receive any email which claims to be from the FBI Director or other top FBI official, that most likely to be a scam.
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