SCAM: A mouse-over of any link in these emails reveals that they do not point to the website they claim to represent. [View the lower left corner of each graphic.] Most of these emails typically point to fake websites that are designed to look like the business website but they are fake. These are called phishing sites. Victims give away their login credentials for their real accounts when the try to log into these fake sites. Some of these scams try to trick the recipient into revealing their credit card information. And finally, some of these emails contain links that point the recipient to a “drive-by download.” Arriving on the website triggers a script that will infect the visitor’s computer with malware.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Besides looking at the link revealed in the lower left corner of most of these scams by a mouse-over, notice that nearly all of these emails lack any personal information that identifies the recipient. None of the credit card emails, for example, identify the last 4 digits of the recipient’s credit card.
CAUTION: We do not advise visiting the links revealed in these scam emails because it is possible that some of these websites might cause a computer infection.