Those last weeks, many people have reported fraudulent emails and sites. It’s a common form of scam, consisting of emails often using the precise graphic style of a company, its logo and sometimes text elements. Emails seem to come from their bank, from their host and even from the Family Allowance Fund, or telephone companies. Not to mention of course Facebook accounts, identically reproduced, to request troubleshooting from “friends”.
I myself received an email alerting me of an EDF direct debit problem (when I did not subscribe to direct debit) or CAF who would tell me a bonus and ask me for my bank details to pay me.
This is where you have to react : in general no organization will ask you by email for your bank details, neither personal information. Furthermore, read the texts carefully : in certain “legal information”, I found information concerning the Tunisian jurisdiction !!! Without forgetting the spelling mistakes or styles of emails from Cameroon – very famous country for internet scams.
Another type of scam is common in job search sites or groups on social networks. These are ads that promise you to earn a more than comfortable salary without leaving your home. In this case, you will fall towards pyramid sales proposals, strictly prohibited, or on jobs requiring the purchase of a starter pack including samples; of the doc, etc… Of course, the only winner will be the one who sold you the whole.
We even offer you to earn a living thanks to the Internet ! It's easy, fast and open to everyone. The methods are diverse and varied : set up a site, sell products, accumulate the sites that pay you to receive emails, earn income by sending emails, chain lotteries, good deals and other affiliations… These scams are as old as the web. As a reminder, working on the Internet is a profession and requires special skills. There’s no magic way to make a living on the web ... If we assure you otherwise, it's a scam.
What to do ?
A simple protection method : check the broadcast address and links
In the mails, too few people unfortunately check the links before clicking. First look at the address from which your email comes. Observe the domain name, ie the text to the right of the @ symbol. You will often see that this domain has nothing to do with the subject or business of the mail.
Slide WITHOUT CLICKING the mouse on the links and check the address that appears at the bottom of your message. The domain, was, is located just after the “http://”. Even if the title of the link and the address appearing “Hard” in the mail looks good, you are only texting. The most important is the link behind this text. Beware, however, of disguised names such as www.bnp-fr.clientele-service.com is absolutely not a BNP site. The domain name is clientele-service.com, and you imagine that someone buying this domain can send you seemingly correct mail on behalf of many companies.
However after having reflexively clicked on the link, check the site address NOW. I remind you that this information is in the address bar of your browser, and usually starts with http://www.
Addresses generally start with the domain and can then contain long strings, for example :
Fraudulent addresses will point to another domain. Let's go back to the example :
In the latter two cases, the domain is cashdirectpaydayloans.com
A domain name can NEVER contain a point other than what separates it from “with”, ‘fr”, “.tech” or any other extension. So learn to read addresses before blindly browsing a website. If in doubt, Feel free to contact me.
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