There are so many more scams out there. The number is multiplying by rates that we’ve never seen before.
I thought I would highlight an example that we’ve seen recently. You may not get this exact scam but it will give you an idea of what to look out for.
Amazon scams are still hot. This one came to me. I have an Amazon Prime account so it is very tempting. Free! But my first moment of caution was that the account ID shows my email address but that is not the email address associated with my Amazon account.
Now I have on occasion received Amazon gift cards from vendors for participating in research studies, making presentations, doing a guest blog post, etc. So I need to be sure. When I hover over the words reveal here I get a URL and paste it into http://urlvoid.com This website will scan the URL and give me some information on whether to trust it or not.
It also tells me that the URL passed all of the scans in so far that it isn’t listed as a bad website by any of the databases it checks. But this message at the top of the screen is my definitive clue that it’s a bad thing to click on. Amazon.com is the real Amazon address. Primramzn.com is a brand new website which is a trick used by scammers. They will file hundreds or thousands of URL’s in order to try to outrun filtering systems like this.
How to Avoid a Scam
- Read the whole email carefully. Does it look right? This one had an email address that Amazon doesn’t know about.
- Don’t click the links. You should go to the website and do what the email asks of you there instead.
- Does the URL look right? Hover your mouse over the button or URL. If it’s from amazon it should say amazon.com
- Test the URL before clicking. Right click to copy the URL and paste it into one of the following locations that will check the URL and give you some additional information about its safety
- Send it to Harbor. Remember that we’re supporting thousands of people just like you. It may be the first time that you’ve seen this particular scam but we’ve probably seen it before. Just forward it to your assigned tech.
Here’s a few of the scam testing sites that we trust and use.
http://www.urlvoid.com/ will check the URL against a bunch of anti-virus databases
https://www.virustotal.com/ will scan a file or check a URL
https://reverse.it will open the file or check the URL in a sandbox to detect whether any virus activity occurs. The results can be a bit technical.
-Amy, president Harbor Computer Services
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