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Phishing Emails And Scams

Updated on June 7, 2012

On a daily basis I open my email and watch as possibly more than a hundred emails come pouring in. Primarily because I am here on Hubpages, Ebay and a handful of other websites making money, (or at least trying too). I have a pretty heavy email filter and if I were to turn it off I would most likely get about three hundred messages a day. So sometimes I look through the junk that it filters just to make sure it isn't getting anything important. What do you think I find?

Primarily I see phishing emails. Emails that are sent by fraudsters trying to scam money or possibly personal information from me. They want me to click on links which possibly lead to their sites, put viruses on my computer or who knows what else. They pretend to be the post office delivering parcels that somehow I missed and am in danger of not getting.

Sometimes they are even more intelligent and picked my Ebay user name off of Ebay and send me messages pretending to be Ebay or Paypal. Most of these want me to "sign in" by clicking on their link. Of course this link doesn't go to Ebay or Paypal but to the fraudster's website made to look like Ebay Paypal. Once you "sign in" they have your login info and take over your account. Similar scams to these show up in my inbox saying their from banks, Bank Of America, etc.

One thing I need to say directly to these fraudsters is this: you will never cheat me. Your emails are ridiculously childish. You use silly letterheads that don't look like the real thing. You have grammar and spelling errors throughout your emails which indicates to me that you are most likely from a foreign country where they do not speak English or you are simply uneducated. You waste everyones time trying to cheat people out of what they have when you could be making an honest effort to contribute to society. Even if I were starving to death I would rather die than do what you do. You should all be ashamed of yourself.

As I'm online everyday I've educated myself and become very familiar with the fraudsters phishing emails and follow one big rule: I never click on anything in my email at all. Even if it looks like it's from a website I frequent. If it says there is a problem I get out of my email go to my browser and log into the website directly. If there really is a problem with your account the best way to know is to access it directly.

As for the rest of my junk mail I can honestly say I have no use for viagra, propecia, or any other "online" and probably fake medications. I don't need rolex replicas, cheaply priced cars, or any other junk. So quit sending these to my inbox. Most don't make it through anyway.

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    • terrektwo profile image

      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      tillsontitan - more info to come soon for sure :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Nicely done terrektwo. I think some folks would have appreciated a little more info on what to look for. You have pointed out some of the stunts these people pull to mess up your computer through email.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      breakfastpop - it does seem like that sometimes. I think it is more that the methods they use allow them to bombard thousands with phishing emails and other crooked schemes. But if we educate ourselves there will be less thieves because they won't be making anything :) Thanks for reading!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      The crooks now out number the honest people.

    • terrektwo profile image

      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      NickSimpson - your right I think I'll prepare some screen shots!

    • terrektwo profile image

      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - can be a problem, there are many fraudsters out there but the more we know the less likely we'll be taken in by cons.

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      NickSimpson 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Illinois

      Great hub, you may want to add some images of examples to help people understand what to look for.


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great information to have on this increasing problem. I am sharing on FB for others to be aware of this scam practice.