Confirming your account can hand your login credentials over to a scammer.
Who Is It Targeting: Email users
What Is It: Phishing scam that targets users with fake confirmation messages
What Are They After: A popular type of scam involves sending large numbers of emails to potential victims, claiming to come from a well-known company. The messages state that users only have a limited amount of time to confirm their accounts by clicking the link and logging in. Unfortunately, when you do that, you will be redirected to a fake page where your username and password are stolen, leading to you falling victim to an account confirmation scam.
How Can You Avoid It:
- Companies do not need you to log into your account from time to time just to prove you exist
- Never click a link that you were not expecting
- Be careful about opening attachments or downloading files since those could be filled with harmful software
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft or an account confirmation scam, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at 888.400.5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from IDTheftCenter.org.
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