If I had a dollar for every e-mail telling me I've won money, sometimes millions, I'd truly be a millionaire at this point. But alas, it's fair to say that all of these e-mails are scams, and will end up costing you money. One of the latest e-mails circulating is part of this week's, Name That Scam.
The subject of one e-mail is the grammatically incorrect "Pertaining My Charity Help." Cyber crooks are just after your personal information and possibly your money. The note claims someone is donating $550,000 and all you have to do is reply for more information. There is no money waiting on you -- don't reply. If you see this one, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Another e-mail sounds scary, but no matter how frightening -- don't give up any information. Don't even respond. The e-mail claims to be from the FBI and says you are in jeopardy of being arrested. Would-be thieves tell you that you've committed fraudulent banking activity. To clear things up, all you a have to do is send $98. Remember, the FBI will never send e-mails threatening you with arrest or asking for money. If you see this one, also report it to the ICCC.
Finally, Apple users, a fake e-mail is making the rounds for you. It claims you've made a purchase from Russia. Cyber criminals then provide two malicious links for you to click: one says click if you "didn't" make the purchase, the other offers a way to change your password. If you click either, you could be taken to a malicious site, where crooks can steal your personal information or you could end up installing a virus on your computer.
If you suspect fraudulent activity on your account, never trust an e-mail. Contact Apple directly. If you see this e-mail, report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, keep those tips and questions coming. E-mail, call or Facebook me.