Ever since emailing became an accepted form of mass communication, scammers have looked for ways to make contact with bonus slots players and other unsuspecting individuals for fraudulent purposes . As people became more aware and savvy about these scams, the scammers become more brazen, using tricks that can fool even the most careful consumer.
At Sloto Cash casino, we want to help you stay as safe as possible as you navigate the online world. Sloto Cash operates online and is well aware that, if you aren’t aware of the latest strategies for protecting yourself, you can quickly become a victim to the con artists who are waiting for any little opening to rip you off.
Keep these suggestions in mind as you email, surf the net and play online casino games.
Check Return Address
If a message is sent from a public email domain (Hotmail.com, gmail.com, yahoo.com), you have your first indication that something’s wrong. No legitimate company or organization will send an email from such a domain – they should have their own domain name that indicates the name of the company that it represents.
Yet it does look legitimate, and that’s the way that phishers are able to hook their victims. One popular phishing scheme involves PayPal, which is an online banking system used by tens of millions of people around the world. The scammer-system sends out an email from [email protected] noreply-access-727.com – or something similar – with the assumption that the email will reach recipients who do, in fact, have active PayPal accounts. The recipient responds and that’s where things start to go downward.
The email often contains a link where people are asked to click. The email asks them to confirm their account information, provide government-requested data, change a password, etc. When the email recipient clicks, they are then taken to a phony site where they “log-in” and, bam….the scammers then have access to their account information. Now the scammers possess the data that they need to enter person’s account so they can start to transfer the funds to their own accounts.
By the way, if you get an email from the IRS, you know right away that it’s a scam -- the IRS will never contact you by email.
Many scam emails come from countries where people have a low command of English. The emails are full of spelling and grammatical errors and it’s clear that they’re from a non-English speaker. BUT, there’s also a theory that these errors are the scammers’ “filtering system” and are used by the cyber criminals to target gullible people. They assume that if someone ignores clues about the source of the text, they will be less likely to zero in on the fact that the long term goal of the scammer is to cheat them.
Yet, legitimate emails may also include mistakes – it’s not unusual for a typist to make a mistake when typing an email. So what you should look for are the grammatical mistakes, not necessarily spelling mistakes.
Links and Attachments
A phishing email comes with some kind of Trojan horse that entices the recipient to click or download something which will allow the scammer to access information – log-in credentials, phone numbers, account numbers, personal ID (social security number), credit card details, etc.
These Trojan horses arrive as attachments or links to bogus sites. The attachments are infected and contain malware (they might look like an order form or an invoice). Once the recipient opens the attachment, the malware will be unleashed on the recipient’s computer. The malware might freeze, crash or slow down your computer, reconfigure programs, send emails to your contact list or create, delete or modify files.
If you have a good anti-virus installed on your computer, you might get a pop-up warning to alert you to the question of the file’s legitimacy. That’s helpful but you can’t rely on such a program so if you have any questions about the attachment’s source, don’t open it at all.
As mentioned, if you click on a suspicious link, you will likely expose your computer to malware or even, to being hijacked. Therefore, in addition to ascertaining the authenticity of the email address from where the email was sent, you should check where the link goes before you open it. Hover your mouse over the link so the destination address will appear in a small bar along the bottom of the browser. That will let you know that the link is connected to the sender. For instance, if the sender is CityBank and the link takes you to a …..xposypics.com, you can be sure that it’s not an authentic CityBank link!
Scammers do their best to prevent you from thinking about the email’s legitimacy so they do their best to create a situation in which you won’t have time to notice that something’ wrong. That’s why many scam emails try to create a sense of urgency – “your account has been compromised, act now to protect your information,” or “this offer is a one-time offer, act now before no more xxxxx are left,” etc.
That goes for workplace emails, in some ways, even more than for private emails. If the scammer can figure out the hierarchy of the workplace, they can send you an email that may seem to be coming from your boss. That will get you rushing, right?
Years ago, we used to be warned to be careful about walking in dark areas at night or talking to strangers. Today, the dangers come right into our homes and workplaces. Stay aware of email phishing scams to protect yourself.
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