Fraudulent Email Warning: Genius Gmail Trick Reveals Websites Leaking Your Data

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Fraudulent calls, texts and emails have increased since the start of the pandemic, and as fraudsters become more sophisticated, people have been urged to remain vigilant.

Experts have warned of key details people should pay attention to that can reveal whether an email, text or call is legitimate or not.

Scammers often try to panic consumers by insisting that the scam can make you a lot of money or cost you a lot of money if you do nothing.

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They then make you feel that you must act immediately, so that you only think about what is happening after you have acted.



Hacker using laptop. Lots of numbers on the computer screen.

Here are some common scam traits to watch out for.

Spray and Pray

It’s the one we all know. You have emails coming into your inbox promising to be from a company with a coupon, offering you to win a prize or an investment opportunity or similar.

They are often picked up by spam filters. English is usually poor or images are blurry. We are mostly confident to pick them up and ignore them.

Target

Among the many data breaches that have happened around the world and continue to happen, your data is bought and sold on the dark web.

Most of this data is outdated, so crooks will get inaccurate information.

However, they may have your address, an old password, or your cell phone number.

This data is used to convince you that your account has been hacked.

They then try to get you to transfer money from one account to a new one they created, and all of a sudden it’s gone. These scams can be scary because it seems like they know everything about you.

Custom

This uses more accurate and up-to-date information.

Scammers will be more likely to use SMS or WhatsApp and might know your family details, and the effort to scam you will be high.

Consumers are duped by the insight and knowledge that scammers employ. These are dangerous because they can be very convincing.

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It’s the one that Martin Lewis is keen to eradicate by including it in the next digital damages bill.

These are served as electronic advertisements on search engines and social media platforms.

They appear to be genuine offers often recommended or endorsed by celebrities.

Is there anything you can do to avoid being scammed?

Yes. There are several key tools you should use. First, all major email providers now include a scam filter.

Using a password manager is also recommended to manage your passwords and have a few email addresses.

One tip is to put my first name plus the website name when signing up. So Jamessitename.

Then, if you receive communications, you know where the data was hacked from. Finally, deleting your data from as many sites as possible can help.

Tip of the week

If you have a Gmail account, remember to add the site name to the email address when signing up.

Add a plus “+” after your name and before the @ sign in the email.

After the plus, add the name of the website so you know where your data was entered.

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