Last time, I did a post on phony emails that were either phishing emails, laced with malware (usually an attachment that infects your computer with malware and viruses once you open it), contained links to poisoned websites, or some combination of the above.
Chances are that you have a personal Facebook profile already.
As a business, you may also have a Facebook page for the company (see our Facebook page here).
I’ll keep it short, but I wanted to show yet another fake email I received right after I wrote the first post on this topic.
This is so you can learn how to spot these phony phishing, malware infected emails and avoid problems.
If you find value in this kind of post, I’ll try to do more; just let me know in the comments…
Anyway, here’s a picture of the email in question supposedly from Facebook about a comment someone posted on my profile:
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but this one almost got me.
Good thing I took a good second look at this email before I clicked the “See Comment” button!
The link embedded in that button takes you to a website that most likely will infect your PC with viruses and malware.
What made me suspect that this was a phishing (pretending to come from a trusted entity – Facebook in this case) email with poisoned web links?
- I don’t have any Facebook friends named Victoria
- I haven’t really posted anything that anyone would consider “cute” lately and I’m not photogenic myself (I’ve been told many times that I look better in person – I believe it!)
- Most of all (this is the biggie) when I hovered my mouse pointer over the “See Comment” button, the link popped up and revealed that it isn’t a Facebook link at all; you can see this in the picture above
What made me want to click it the first place?
- It looks like a legit Facebook email
- A member of the opposite sex is saying something about me/my post being cute
- I closely monitor the things that show up on my Facebook profile and people’s comments (this is worth a whole post itself, perhaps in the future)
What you can do to protect yourself from scam/phishing/malware baited emails
- Stop and ask yourself if you know the person or have a relationship with the company or entity the email is supposedly coming from
- Is there an attachment? If so, beware!
- Hover your mouse pointer over any links to see the real link pop up like in the picture above (this works in Outlook and some other email programs)
- Link not showing when you hover over it? right-click the link, copy it, then paste it in Notepad, Word, etc to see it
There’s a good chance that if you’re a small business you get emails like this quite often.
These emails can look very convincing to the untrained eye and can result in computer problems, which in turn results in lost productivity and profits; and even worse, can result in identity theft.
Now you know a few more tricks you can use to weed out the fake phishing emails from the legitimate ones.