Can you believe I get enough material from viewers, and in my own inbox, to do this segment almost every week? It's unreal. This week, it includes a ploy to make you believe a deceased relative has left you money. It's part of this week's Name That Scam.
Crooks are sending fake e-mails claiming to be from Microsoft Account Services. The note says you have submitted a request to terminate your account and within three days, your account will be deleted. The e-mail also includes a link that supposedly allows you to "cancel" the termination. Don't click it. If you do, you will be taken to a phony site where criminals will steal your login information. Report this to the Anti-Phishing Working Group. The e-mail is email@example.com.
Don't believe anything in an e-mail with the subject "Notice of your late relative." Crooks try to fool you into thinking that a deceased relative has left you some money. They're just looking to get your personal information and possibly your money. Report this one to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Apple users are getting e-mails that continue to be a problem. Cyber criminals claim your account is frozen because of incorrect or missing information. The trick is to get you to click a malicious link that could install a virus, or take you to site where crooks will try to steal your personal information. Never click links in e-mails from people you don't know. If you think there is a problem, call the company. If you see this one, report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I've seen this one before but never from American Express. It claims someone has unsuccessfully tried to log into your account and you need to update your information. Cyber crooks tell you to download an attachment. Know that American Express would never send an e-mail asking you to do this. Again, if you get something like this go to the company directly. You can report this one to email@example.com.
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