Fraudulent email is becoming more deceiving and slick

Spam and fraudulent emails are on the rise. And so, of course, is the onward rise of online crime costing billions worldwide every year.

  • $110 billion — estimated worldwide cost of cyber crime per year*
  • 1.5 million — victims of cyber crime per day*

I receive in the region of over a hundred spam emails every day, across all the email addresses I work with. I’ve noticed that some of the scams are becoming far more slick and difficult to spot. Take a look at this email –  pretending to be from the UK Government.
scam-HMRC-email

Notice the logo, masthead colour scheme and fonts, all taken from the Government website. Even the so-called ‘tax refund’ of £395,61 is small enough to be believable. But, notice the typo of the comma in that amount and also the language in the first paragraph – doesn’t make a lot of sense. Their attention to detail has slipped and exposed them as frauds.

Here’s a very typical, text-based email – nothing fancy in appearance but still trying hard to get you to follow their link to hook the unsuspecting in:

scam-email

At MailGlo we do not tolerate those who wish to send spam email with us. We have a number of systems and checks in place to stop this happening at source.

What can you do?

ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. They exist to help you report the spam.

They report that between January 2015 to December 2015 they received on average 8,000 reports per month, with 96,699 people reporting that they had received a phishing scam.

What to do if you receive a scam email?

  • Do not click on any links in the scam email
  • Mark the email as spam, but do not open it
  • Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email
  • Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open

You can report the spam emails here: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails

We want you to enjoy sending and seeing the many benefits of sending great-looking email and email invitations for your business, events and parties. But please, only send to those who wish to receive your email and not to those that don’t.

Mark Irving
MailGlo

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*Source of stats: http://blackstratus.com/facts-cyber-crime/

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