Jackie Stewart - PC Help
   

       

Fake / Spoof Emails Claiming to be from Microsoft, Paypal, Ebay, Lotteries ,ISP, Yahoo, Banks, Dead relatives, etc.

With the world changing to a more electronic based accounts everyone is at risk of their details being hacked or accessed. One of the main ways for people to access your account is by conning you into giving your personal information direct to them without realising. Even the most clever and computer literate people are falling for these scams. They mainly target you by sending you emails pretending to be from your Microsoft, Paypal, Ebay, Lotteries, ISP, Yahoo, Banks, Dead relatives, etc. They try and get you to send personal details back by email to claim a prize or by having a fake link you click on direct you to a website that looks like the original one. I have personally received email pretending to be from Microsoft, Paypal, Ebay and bank account companies as well as fake lotteries and even supposedly dead relatives leaving me a huge inheritance..

 

If you receive an email regarding an account where you have personal information stored then do not click on any link in the email at all or reply to any email address in the email asking for the details. Many emails look just like originals so you have to be very vigilant. To check the email is genuine there is one foolproof way by signing direct into your account by opening a new internet page and type in the real www. address of the company claiming to have sent you an email. If you check your account details there will be a notification of any changes they would like you to make or any information of a winning claim if it is a national lottery account.

What to do next!!!

If you've already responded to the email by clicking on a link (a lot of people fall for it so don't feel silly) then please log in to your account by opening a new internet page and type in the real www. address of the company claiming to have sent you an email then and perform some important safety measures.

  • Go to your Profile and change your password and security questions.
  • Review the activity on your account and report anything suspicious.

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