Scam – Adult Site Blackmail

It’s been quite a while since I last did a scam post, because I very rarely get such emails, thankfully. But this week I’ve received a couple of emails at my work address, both identical, that have grabbed my attention – because they had my real name and a genuine password attached.

So initially, for a few brief seconds, it seemed a little alarming. But then it became immediately apparent that they were fake and not worth responding to. Googling has also shown it to be a very widespread scam that has attempted to extort money out of a lot of people. so at the end of this post I’ll link to an article that deals with it very comprehensively, including responses to concerned people in the comments.

But here I want to discuss the emails I got, by showing you one as an example, and how I knew I could safely delete them.

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Scam Emails – TSB

Scam emails seem to arrive like buses sometimes, as the saying goes. I don’t get any for a while, and then 3 come along at once. And that happened earlier this month when I received a hat-trick of emails claiming to be from the TSB bank. 2 of them were identical, but one was different. And I’ve not had emails claiming to be from TSB before. But then scammers will try a variety of banks and financial institutions to see who they can catch, so getting scam emails for different banks isn’t surprising.

So it’s time for another instalment in my scam emails series. As usual, this is going to be rather repetitive in the signs to look out for, if you’ve seen the previous posts. But the more I can hammer this stuff home to make people aware, the better, as I do get comments from people who are grateful for the info I’m providing, and people do keep stumbling on the posts from web searches. So let’s get on to it.

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Scam Email – PayPal

My scam email posts are consistently some of the most viewed on my blog, with various search requests leading people here. And that’s great, because it proves people are checking whether things are genuine or not, and so it’s helping to raise a bit of awareness.

I haven’t made any posts like that for a few months, because I haven’t received any emails that are different to the ones I’ve mentioned before. Thankfully the spam I get is still quite infrequent. But last week I had 4 copies of the same scam email sent to my blog’s email address in the space of a few minutes, relating to a company I haven’t mentioned yet – PayPal.

The signs to look out for are the same as ever, but are always worth repeating. Especially given that PayPal are so widely used, so scams that try to target its users are extremely common. So anything that helps to raise awareness of such fraudulent activity is always worth publishing. So here’s the email I got, and why it’s clearly fake.

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Scam Emails – Santander

Someone seems to be rather keen to pose as Santander at the moment. Over the past couple of weeks, my Junk filter has picked up 4 emails – the latest 2 being just a day apart. They’re all coming from the same place too, and have a lot in common. Indeed, the latter 3 emails are practically identical, they mainly just have different links.

They’re all claiming there’s been a security issue with my account, so I need to verify myself. They all have from addresses with the same domain. They all have links constructed in a very similar way, with subtle differences. And the formatting and grammar of the body text isn’t great in parts. So I’ll show you the text of the emails, and then highlight why they’re obviously nonsense. And don’t forget you can check out all of my scam email posts to see other examples I’ve highlighted.

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Scam Emails – Natwest & Metro Bank

In this post I want to look at another couple of dodgy emails I’ve received recently, as I feel it’s important just to keep reminding people about them. Click here to see all of my scam email posts so far. I’ve also posted a video about them now as well, looking at these two emails and the previous ones I’ve mentioned here in the blog. So check that out as well in case it’s helpful.

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Scam Email – Microsoft Security Notification

Back in April I did a post about scam emails I’d had pretending to be from Amazon and Barclays (and a shoutout to Codemefy who commented on it – go and check out their blog for lots of spam email information).

It’s always been my intention to make more scam awareness posts like that, to keep raising awareness, but time’s not been on my side. However, I will keep them coming here and there, and today I wanted to share an email I got at work this week, from a scammer pretending to be Microsoft. Given that it was at my workplace, it suggests this is more aimed at business people rather than home users, but you never know who will receive these things. It is the sort of email that people at home could fall for too if they’re not careful.

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Scam Emails – Amazon & Barclays

I don’t get many spam emails, thankfully, but one or two inevitably pop up sometimes. And I thought it might be useful to start flagging scams up here on the blog, just to give people an idea of things to look out for. If it makes just one or two people a bit more aware, then I figure it’s worth it. So I’ve got a couple to mention here.

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