‘We’ve Noticed Some Unusual Activity’ Email Phishing Scam

PHISHINGPhishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website which matches the look and feel of the legitimate site.

Hoax-Slayer recently reported about an email claiming that your account is set to be limited because the service provider has noticed some unusual activity. Supposedly, access to your account will be limited within 24 hours unless you click a log-in button to have the pending limitation removed. The message claims that you were previously asked to take action but failed to respond.

However, the email is not from your service provider and the account limitation claim is just a ruse to panic you into clicking without due caution. Similar emails are often used by hackers in an attempt to gain access to online banking accounts. If you do click the button, you will be taken to a fraudulent website and asked to log in to your email account with your email address and password. After “logging in” on the fake site, you may see a message claiming that you have successfully lifted the account limitation.

The scammers can now collect the login details you entered and use them to take control of your email account and any other services that are linked to it. Once they have gained access, the criminals can use your account to distribute spam and scam emails, steal files from your online storage, and make purchases from the associated app store.  They may even manage to collect enough of your personal information to allow them to steal your identity.

It is always safer to log in to your AmpleTech online account by entering the known internet address (URL) into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app. If there is a problem with your account that you need to deal with, you will be informed after you login.

Email phishing scams like this one are very common and take many forms.  The best course of action if you receive one is to just hit “delete”.

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