I used to think I was one of those people that you could never pull a scam on. I tend to be one that can spot a scam instantly. But lately I have noticed these scammers are getting smarter and smarter.
Here is the email I just got today, in my inbox it says from: Windows Live™ terms
the subject line says: Account close Verification Alert™(Case ID:- 000118F82E055634)
this obviously intrigues me so I open the email and here is the message:
Dear Account User,
This message is from our data base center to all free Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.
* Username ;
* Date of Birth:
* Country Or Territory:
My instant thought is oh no seriously my hotmail account is going to be closed? This is my blog contact email, what a hassle this will be. Then I think wait why wouldn’t hotmail know my username and password info? Plus why exactly do they need my date of birth? So I go back and study this email to find this is the address that comes up when I hit reply:
Boy that seems like a formal email address that would come directly from Windows doesn’t it? No? Yeah I didn’t think so either. And no I don’t feel bad that I am sharing the exact email here on my blog as they didn’t have a problem trying to scam me for my personal information.
Bottom line if you are skeptical chances are you are being scammed. Do the research and find out if this really is on the up and up. Go to the company itself and ask them whether this info is true. I would suggest NEVER click on a link within these emails either. Chance are they are trying to give your computer a virus. (why are people so mean like this?) Next I would suggest that you contact the company that this scammer has represented themselves as to let them know there is a fishy email going around and their company is being misrepresented.
In this day and age we have to be very careful and it looks like the bad guys of our day and age sit behind computer screens thinking of ways they can either wipe our your computer or worse yet your bank account. Be careful guys!