Have you been scammed by clicking on the links in a malicious email? Here’s how scammers did it and what you can do next time.
So you’ve had a simple day that is ongoing. You probably woke up in the morning in a good or bad mood—it doesn`t matter—but one thing is sure: another routine day to survive.
You’ve opened your laptop to check the hectic inbox, and you realize that most of it are actual nonsense you don’t even remember having subscribed to.
However, you never truly unsubscribe or read all of those emails because you save them in case you need them in the future, but you know deep down that you will never read them… ever.
Still, there is an email that stands out, and it is the email from your bank that you haven’t expected yet. You open the email, and the text is something like this: “We need to verify your account. Please log in again.” a picture of a person drinking coffee, opening an email from the bank
Scammers use a trusted institution’s name or a slightly changed URL to scam you.
All of a sudden, you’re no longer in just another day-to-survive mode. You are focused on not making any mistakes while entering the information from your bank card.
This situation is popularly called “email phishing.” It has happened to M.T., a 32-year-old man who has shared this story on Reddit. When M.T. was on a hiking tour in Austria, he received a phishing email asking him to confirm his bank account details.
Since he was already on a 400-meter hiking tour to Schneberg, he slowly started to lose the internet connection, and he forgot about the email. Once he came back to the city, he remembered the email and went to the bank to check what it was about.
He was told at the bank that they had never asked for confirmation from him and that everything was fine with his account. Later, they discovered that the email URL wasn’t correct and that he was an email phishing target.
Learn 5 five most common ways a scammer will phish you via email with a subject line that looks familiar to you.
⦁ Familiar email sender, but unfamiliar greeting
⦁ Familiar email sender, but hey, grammar errors and misspelled words
⦁ Familiar email sender, but the domain name doesn’t match.
⦁ Familiar email sender, but unusual content or request: Funds transfer and login credentials
⦁ The email sender is familiar, but there is a disturbing sense of urgency calling for immediate action.
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While the scammer is long gone with your money and has covered all the evidence of his or her fraudulent activity, your bank has already allowed and processed the transaction, and it is your nervous system that’s trying to protect you by leading you through the phases of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance…
An advanced scammer knows more than just a technical hack. They understand how our brains function, and they know the defense mechanisms. Learn more about the mental phases after being scammed by reading our blog.
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