Don't click that link!
Friday, March 30, 2012
Scammers love email, because it allows them reach many people with the same fraudulent message. Recently Attorney General Roy Cooper and other employees of the North Carolina Department of Justice received an email message purporting to be from the US Postal Service. The message told recipients that their credit card was being charged for address labels.
The scammers were hoping the recipients, who had not ordered any labels, would click on one of the four links contained in the message while trying to clear up the misunderstanding. Although the links had different labels like “Frequently Asked Questions” and “Shipping History”, they all shared the same web address. So a click on any of the links would lead to the same unhappy ending.
When you receive a message about services you never ordered or problems with your account, don’t be tempted to click on a link in the message to get more information. Doing so could damage your computer, put your private data at risk, or even give someone remote control of your computer without your permission or knowledge.
Learn more about protecting yourself against email scams
If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov