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Warning! Dangerous email could be waiting in your inbox

I don’t think we could ever stress this enough. Always be on the lookout for the latest scams!

Criminals are counting on you to be off your game and mistakenly fall for their tricks. It only takes one mistake to have your entire bank account drained or identity stolen.

That’s why it’s critical to know the latest scams making the rounds. This latest attack is extremely tricky and most anyone could fall for it. Don’t forget to share this article with family and friends so they know what to look for. Simply click the share button on the left-hand side of the page to post it to Facebook.

This scam could already be in your inbox

I received this scam email myself. Fortunately, I was able to recognize the fact that it’s a fraud before being duped.

If you’ve ever made a purchase through iTunes, you know that Apple emails you a receipt following the purchase. What’s happening now is, scammers are creating fraudulent emails pretending to be from Apple. You don’t even have to be an Apple user to be targeted, anyone who gets this email could fall for it.

In this latest example, the message claims that your Apple ID Account was used to sign in and make a purchase of $64 on the App Store. Later, it instructs you to disregard this email if the purchase looks familiar.

However, if the information doesn’t look familiar, you’re supposed to click a link within the email to update your information as soon as possible.

Warning! Don’t click on the link!

This is an elaborate phishing scam. If you click on the link, you’ll be taken to a spoofed site that asks you to enter your Apple ID as well as your payment information. You would essentially be handing over enough sensitive info to the scammer for them to drain your account. Here’s what the email looks like:

Image: Example of Apple phishing scam email.

Can you spot the mistakes giving away this is a scam?

If you pay attention to the email, you’ll see a few mistakes that give away the fact that it’s a scam. The first sentence has a glaring error. It reads, “sign in to Safari on an iPhone 6 and make an make purchase of $64 on App Store.”

On top of the horrible grammar, the fraudster uses the word make back to back and it makes no sense. Apple would never allow such a poorly written email to be sent to its clients.

This isn’t the first phishing email and definitely won’t be the last. That’s why it’s important to know how to handle these scams when they appear in your inbox. Keep reading for suggestions.

Be cautious with links

Do not follow web links in unsolicited email messages, it could be a phishing attack. Cybercriminals always take advantage of popular websites and trending news stories to try and find new victims.

That’s why you need to be able to recognize a phishing scam. One thing to watch for with phishing attacks are typos, criminals are typically careless with spelling and grammar. If you receive an email or notification from a reputable company, it should not contain typos. Take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.

Set up two-factor authentication 

Two-factor authentication, also known as two-step verification, means that to log in to your account, you need two ways to prove you are who you say you are. It’s like the DMV or bank asking for two forms of ID. This adds an extra layer of security and should be used whenever a site makes it available. Click here to learn how to set up two-factor authentication.

Use unique passwords

Many people use the same password for multiple websites. This is a terrible mistake. If your credentials are stolen from one site and you use the same username and/or password on others, it’s easy for the cybercriminal to get into each account. Click here to find out how to create hack-proof passwords.

Safeguard sensitive data

Unsuspecting people are mistakenly handing over sensitive information to scammers all too often. If you receive an unsolicited email, do not reply with personal information. You don’t want it to fall into the hands of criminals. If a company that you do business with on a regular basis emails you and asks for personal information, type the company’s official web address into your browser and go there directly to be safe.

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Are you e-filing your taxes? Watch out for fraud

According to the Free File Alliance, around 100 million Americans qualify to use the free filing software. But not all is rosy when it comes to filing your taxes. Tax-time scams and fraud are on the rise so if you’re planning to file your taxes online be wary of potential security and privacy issues.

Click here to learn the steps to take to protect yourself when you file this tax season.

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