McAfee Phish Making the Rounds Again
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Some aspiring phisher has polished off this old gem, and you may see variations in your inbox more often. Don't fall for this obvious fake.
What they are trying to do is to scare you in to thinking that you have been charged an exhorbitant amount of money, directly from your bank account, for something you did not order. In this case it's McAfee AntiVirus. In your fright, you call the toll free number, which forwards to an offshore phone farm, where you'll be offered tech support, wherein the "agent" will attempt to get remote access to your computer.
Once he gains access, he does some random things, and shows you that your computer is infected, and you really should subscribe to their expanded service for a "special" price.
If that doesn't work, he'll help you get a refund, and will "accidentally" refund too much to your bank account, prompting you to send back the difference, or get a gift card of some sort in the amount of the difference.
I've included some screen grabs for this phish, down in the Special Instructons section below. Do yourself a favor, don't fall for this. Just delete the email, and carry on with life.
Guard Against Phishing Mails
- Be cautious of emails from unknown senders: If you receive an email from an unfamiliar sender or a company you do not recognize, be suspicious. Do not click on any links or download any attachments in the email until you verify that it is legitimate.
- Check the email address: Phishing emails often use fake email addresses that may look similar to a legitimate address. Check the sender's email address carefully to make sure it is legitimate.
- Don't give out personal information: Legitimate companies will never ask you for personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account numbers, or passwords via email. If you are unsure, contact the company through a verified phone number or website.
- Check for spelling and grammar errors: Phishing emails often contain spelling and grammar errors. Legitimate companies usually have a professional email communication style, so be wary of emails with poor grammar or spelling.
- Hover over links: Hover over links in emails to see the URL that you would be directed to. Make sure it matches the company's legitimate website. If the link looks suspicious, do not click on it.
- Don't trust urgent or threatening messages: Phishing emails may contain urgent or threatening language to make you act quickly. Don't fall for this tactic. Take your time and carefully review the email before taking any action.
- Use anti-phishing software: Some email providers offer anti-phishing software to help protect you from phishing attempts. Consider enabling this feature to help protect your inbox.
By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from phishing emails and keep your personal information safe.
Here is a screen grab of the email:
And here is a screen grab of the alleged invoice:
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