Questionable Emails.

We have all received questionable emails or all sorts.

The most annoying are those trying to sell us products that we do not want (or need) to buy !

But the most worrying, are where most people get stung are from the ones that are trying to get more information about us:

These tend to fall into two general sections.

  1. The Phising emails, so name after ‘fishing’ trying to get our login information to various web sites.
  2. And the con offers. Typically, but not exclusively from Nigeria – these offer us great rewards – a lottery will, or an inheritance, of a great fee for getting money out of some country or another.

These feed on our greed.

Work on the basis of, “if it seems too good to be true – it’s because it is!

When you receive an email, from what you think is a trusted source, ask yourself these:-

Do I expect this company to be asking this sort of information ?

This could be asking you for your login information or to log into the site they suggest, to confirm sometime.

At this moment in time – BE SUSPICIOUS !

Does their web site look correct ?

Does their email address look correct ?

If their Email Address just shows a name – click on Reply and see the real address

If they are asking you to log into your account – USE YOUR EXISTING LINK, not the one on the email !!

One lesson that I learnt form my father, who worked for the government, was to always ring people back (before the internet) on the number he had, of checked with a directory, not the number the caller had given him. – Same thing with web  or email address!

 

So this is a genuine email I received on Thursday, purportedly coming from Microsoft regarding a Hotmail email account:-  

1 This looks possibly genuine. Allow this threat of an account suspension is typical of such phising email – often related to bank accounts!

2 This looks possibly genuine.

3 This DOES NOT look genuine  breezecourt ?? and why .co.za (South Africa) not .com (usually used by US companies. Also Hotmail accounts are, these days,  more often referred to as Outlook or possibly Live.

4 This DOES NOT look genuine Although see now they are using .com! – very non-consistent from .co.za!

5 https://emianuta.com/important/Verification/verification.html

THIS IS NOT GENUINE – Who or what are emianuta?? – I do not care how realistic that web site appears – DON’T, just don’t.

6 This DOES NOT look genuine

 

As you can see from items 3, 4, and especially 5 this email is so suspicious I burnt it.

 

Phising emails are dangerous – there is no doubt about it. BUT, if you stay wary, you shouldn’t have a problem.

One on my early blunders was when I tried downloading what was supposed to be a picture of a nurse. It loaded a phising software on my computer that kept asking for my password.

Fortunately – however niave I was to download the ‘picture’ I was sufficiently suspicious not to fall for it.

Often, if you are caught out like this there is a fix available, if in doubt there are lots of folk that can help.

One friend of mine was going to buy a new computer – save your money – you computer can be fixed, I fixed his PC and saved him £600 or so.

 

The avoidance of these scams are fairly easy :-

  • Do they appear to be true ?
  • Are they offering too much (money)?
  • Are they asking too much information
  • Does their email address look correct
  • Does the web address they ask you to log into look correct.

 

BE SUSPICIOUS !

If the answer to ANY of those questions is NO – then bin it !

Yes I know, you’ll lose millions of pounds, and you’ll never win the Lottery in some far flung despot of a country.

And you may have you bank account frozen.

A plague of toads or whatever!

 

BUT – You wont be caught out either !

 

 

 

 

 

We have all received questionable emails or all sorts.

 

The most annoying are those trying to sell us products that we do not want (or need) to buy !

 

But the most worrying, are where most people get stung are from the ones that are trying to get more information about us:

 

These tend to fall into two general sections.

  1. The Phising emails, so name after ‘fishing’ trying to get our login information to various web sites.
  2. And the con offers. Typically, but not exclusively from Nigeria – these offer us great rewards – a lottery will, or an inheritance, of a great fee for getting money out of some country or another.

These feed on our greed.

Work on the basis of, “if it seems too good to be true – it’s because it ain’t!”

 

When you receive an email, from what you think is a trusted source, ask yourself these:-

Do I expect this company to be asking this sort of information ?

This could be asking you for your login information or to log into the site they suggest, to confirm sometime.

At this moment in time – BE SUSPICIOUS !

Does their web site look correct ?

Does their email address look correct ?

If their Email Address just shows a name – click on Reply and see the real address

If they are asking you to log into your account – USE YOUR EXISTING LINK, not the one on the email !!

One lesson that I learnt form my father, who worked for the government, was to always ring people back (before the internet) on the number he had, of checked with a directory, not the number the caller had given him. – Same thing with web  or email address!

 

So this is a genuine email I received on Thursday, purportedly coming from Microsoft regarding a Hotmail email account:-

 

 

 

 

1 This looks possibly genuine.

2 This looks possibly genuine.

3 This DOES NOT look genuine

4 This DOES NOT look genuine

5 https://emianuta.com/important/Verification/verification.html

THIS IS NOT GENUINE

6 This DOES NOT look genuine

 

 

As you can see from items 3, 4, and especially 5 this email is so suspicious I burnt it.

 

Phising emails are dangerous – there is no doubt about it. BUT, if you stay wary, you shouldn’t have a problem.

One on my early blunders was when I tried downloading what was supposed to be a picture of a nurse. It loaded a phising software on my computer that kept asking for my password.

Fortunately – I was sufficiently suspicious not to fall for it.

Often, if you are caught out like this there is a fix available, if in doubt there are lots of folk that can help.

One friend of mine was going to buy a new computer – save your money – you computer can be fixed.

 

The avoidance of these scams are fairly easy :-

  • Do they appear to be true ?
  • Are they offering too much (money)?
  • Are they asking too much information
  • Does their email address look correct
  • Does the web address they ask you to log into look correct.

 

BE SUSPICIOUS !

If the answer to ANY of those questions is NO – then bin it !

Yes I know, you’ll lose millions of pounds, and you’ll never win the Lottery in some far flung despot of a country.

And you may have you bank account frozen.

A plague of toads or whatever!

 

BUT – You wont be caught out either !

 

 

 

 

 

6 This DOES NOT look genuine

 

 

As you can see from items 3, 4, and especially 5 this email is so suspicious I burnt it.

 

Phising emails are dangerous – there is no doubt about it. BUT, if you stay wary, you shouldn’t have a problem.

One on my early blunders was when I tried downloading what was supposed to be a picture of a nurse. It loaded a phising software on my computer that kept asking for my password.

Fortunately – I was sufficiently suspicious not to fall for it.

Often, if you are caught out like this there is a fix available, if in doubt there are lots of folk that can help.

One friend of mine was going to buy a new computer – save your money – you computer can be fixed.

 

The avoidance of these scams are fairly easy :-

  • Do they appear to be true ?
  • Are they offering too much (money)?
  • Are they asking too much information
  • Does their email address look correct
  • Does the web address they ask you to log into look correct.

 

BE SUSPICIOUS !

If the answer to ANY of those questions is NO – then bin it !

Yes I know, you’ll lose millions of pounds, and you’ll never win the Lottery in some far flung despot of a country.

And you may have you bank account frozen.

A plague of toads or whatever!

 

BUT – You wont be caught out either !