Email Scams

Spam, Scams & Sexstortion 

We use emails on a daily bases, its the most common way to communicate, whether with clients or colleagues; However, we see growing numbers of unwanted materials or malicious usage of emails. Email scams are sent to individuals and to business every day and can cause Ransomware, Financial losses and data theft. 

Spam & Scams

The majority of emails sent every day are spam/junk mails. Of course some of the emails landing in your mailbox are legit. The reasons legit emails land in the spam/junk, are based on your company's (or yours), security settings.

 

Spam examples:

  • Advertisements (examples: gambling, pornography, dating sites,travelling & more)

  • Chain emails urging you to forward the email to other contacts targeting recipients emotions

  • Warnings (Computer breach, PC malfunction, Viruses)

  • Usage of world pandemic (Example: Covid-19 Protection Masks with FREE SHIPPING)

  • Share my wealth (Example: I am @name@, I am a banker with Danske Bank here in Sweden. can you handle $6.2m business deal with me, Although this may be difficult for you to believe...)

  • Usage of world pandemic (Example: Covid-19 Protection Masks with FREE SHIPPING)

If you are wondering how did the sender allocate your email, there are few ways:

  • Automated software that are designated to scan the net and allocate email addresses

  • Stolen data base from previous successful hacks

  • Other phishing methods (See Phishing Emails

  • From other emails forwarded or replies

  • Other

How to identify spam:

  • You don't know the sender

  • Misspelling

  • The email contain links

  • Odd requests

  • If it sounds to good to be true (The Swedish banker example)

Do not open these emails they may lead to a phishing, malicious malware, ransomware and other damages. If you are not sure consults with your company's IT or security. Do not take that Risk! 

Report fraudulent emails ! (the Netherlands)

If you are not sure about an email in your spambox you should leave it there, have security take  look 

Sextortion Emails

Sextortion emails are scams! Every few months there are waves of Sextortion emails, these emails are trying to blackmail recipients to pay (mostly bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies).

How does it happen?

Similar to spam, criminal buy databases that were hacked and will send emails to extort recipients. Login details can be bought on the Dark-web, emails might contain passwords and other private information.

Sextortion example:

Subject line can be: "I recorded you", "You've been naughty", "From your hacker" and more

The content of the email will say that they have your email, your password and that they inserted malware and recorded you while you were naughty (Read more in an article on BBC.com)

What should you do?

  • Do not panic!

  • Do not reply or engage with them

  • Check whether the password is your current one, if it is, change it

  • Change passwords frequently or move to two steps authentication

  • Scan your computer for malware

  • Report it (NL)

  • Cover your camera/s

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