We all have an active role to play in remaining safe online, and one easy way you can achieve this is by learning how to spot and react to fraudulent spam emails.
Our most recent “spam trends of the week” episode, courtesy of our diligent researchers at Bitdefender Antispam Lab, further supports our commitment to keeping you informed and scam-free during Cybersecurity Awareness Month and beyond.
Now let’s check the latest scam tendencies threatening your identity and wallet this week:
Cryptocurrency is a hot topic nowadays. Everyone wants a piece of the pie and is looking for the easiest way to double their digital assets. Now, there are plenty of crypto-doubling scams on social media, but the trouble doesn’t stop there.
Our Antispam Lab researchers are warning about a surge of phony crypto-themed correspondence targeting users this week, with scammers impersonating well-known cryptocurrency exchanges or wallet services such as Binance, Coinbase, Trust Wallet and OKX.
The email layout of these fraudulent emails is identical for three out of the four separate crypto-themed phishing campaigns, with scammers only changing the sender’s name in the header. The scam emails originate from IP addresses in China and the US and have been spread globally in an attempt to gain access to users’ accounts.
Users in the UK, US, Ireland, Australia and Germany have been bombarded with poorly drafted Amazon Prime membership cancellation emails. The usual suspects, in terms of red flags, include:
Remember that Costco online contest you most certainly didn’t enter? Cybercrooks are counting on it to steal your personal data and money. Online giveaway scams are highly versatile and profitable for scammers who can reuse them repeatedly to dupe unwary internet users. The sample below, targeting users in Canada, says the recipient is one of the lucky participants who’s won an iPhone.
Once the short survey is complete, users are told they must pay a small fee of only $1 to receive their prize.
Natural disasters leave victims extremely vulnerable and in need of monetary and emotional support. This is what opportunistic, cold-hearted fraudsters are after in this next email-based scam. They target people with fake disaster relief payments by posing as government agencies or officials to steal highly sensitive data that can be used to commit identity theft crimes.
The sample below is part of a campaign targeting users in the US (most likely the devastating Hawaii wildfires).
The so-called account verification process requires recipients to fill out a form with personal information, including SSN and bank account number, which could allow the threat actors to commit fraud.
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