Cyber criminals are becoming more and more cunning and their fraudulent e-mails – harder and harder to differentiate from real ones. Internet users open up to 30% of fraudulent e-mail letters, explains eScan antivirus developers.
As noted by security experts, more and more fraudulent e-mails use intimidation tactics, demanding users to respond to them quickly. «Your card is blocked!», «Response needed immediately!» and other motivating sentences are used to trick people and make them forget about safety measures.
According to studies, criminals succeed when users are waiting for an actually important e-mail.
To avoid being tricked, users should pay attention to certain factors. First of all, it is necessary to make sure who the sender is – do you know the person or organization and does the e-mail address the same as the official one. Often criminals use names of famous companies, but their e-mail addresses are different from official domain name.
«Users should be especially careful with e-mail letters that require clicking on links. No bank or legal company will ask users to provide personal data over e-mail,» said eScan antivirus distributor Baltimax sales manager Deivids Pelenis.
Experts also note that it is recommended to be cautious and avoid clicking on links provided in e-mails, especially if it is received from an unknown source. Criminals’ intentions are revealed by requests to click on links, download some application or opening documents attached to the e-mail.
«Users often click on links without thinking. If you receive an e-mail from an unknown sender, before you click on any links, check where they lead by pointing the mouse cursor over it,» Pelenis recommends.