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Look out for phishing scam

Posted 26 May 2015 12:00 AM by Shentel

Phishing – for those who do not know – is when a group or person attempt to get personal information through fraudulent methods. Usually the innocent email reader is tricked into providing credit card or banking  information, or perhaps a password.

This particular email looks like a legitimate email from the US Postal Service. The email states they have a package for you that could not be delivered. The email provides a link for you to click that will supposedly take you to the way to claim this package.

However, the link is fake and can cause ransomware to be loaded on your computer.  Ransomware is a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system it infects and then demands a ransom in order to remove the restriction.

Good advice is to always let your mouse hover over the link to see where it is going before you click on it. This particular scam seems to be sending people to a site called FACTECNOLOGIA which is a known scam site.

Ransomware was initially popular in Russia, but has grown in popularity around the world. In June 2013, McAfee released a report stating that it had collected more than 250,000 unique samples of ransomware!