Phishing emails

Here is an example of an email I received in the last week from someone I know:

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Hi,

I really did not want to disturb you with this but I had no one else to turn to. I’m in Madrid, Spain to see my cousin (Alex) who is a missionary there, He was diagnosed with (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) – a type of Blood Cancer in 2005 and had been undergoing treatment since. The chemotherapy treatment was going fine until last week when the doctor noticed that the disease has relapsed and the only way he can survive is by undergoing a BMT (Bone Marrow Transplantation). My sister whose marrow matched his has agreed to be the donor and he shall be undergoing the transplant soon at the USP Hospital San José de Madrid. The estimate for the transplant is $6000 and I have already spent approx. $3000 towards his treatment. Since the amount is huge, I request you to lend out a helping hand and support me. Any kind of help whatsoever will be deeply appreciated. Your help and support will give him a chance to live a normal life once again. There is nothing called a small help when the heart giving it is big. Any amount will be accepted with gratitude. If you can help, please let me know to provide you with the details to get the money to me.

Thanks,

NAME

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Looks a bit ominous doesn’t it?!

If you ever get an email from someone you care about asking for money, my first suggestion to phone the person in question rather than email them! In this case the email was sent by a fraudster who is waiting for a reply to that could eventually lead to a money transfer.

Very simply, the fraudster got access to the email account, changed the password to lock the genuine user out of his email account and then emailed all of the contacts saved in the address book.

You might ask: How did the fraudster get access to the email account? The answer is “through a phishing email”. In this specific case, the person had a hotmail account. A few hours before this email was sent out, he received a fake hotmail email asking him to login to his Hotmail account to verify some details. As soon as he clicked the link and logged in, the fraudster had the details! It is that simple! 

So please be cautious when you are asked to login to your online email account. Rather than click a link in an email, it is always safer to type hotmail.com directly into your web browser.

Keep safe and watch out for Phishing!

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