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Payment Notification Scam

 

How the scam works:

If you’re like most, you spend a good part of each day going in and out of your email, checking your messages. Good practice says to not open an email from an unknown sender or with an unclear subject line. However, we are all curious by nature and when we receive an email that seems to be invoicing us for a bill we will typically open it out of concern for our credit rating, at the very least.

In the Payment Notification Scam, thousands of email addresses have received the following message, which contains an attachment. Here is the email that is being circulated:

 

"Please find attached payroll reports for the past months. Remit the new payment by 07/04/2016 as outlines under our payment agreement.

Sincerely, Kurtis Delacruz

As you notice, the body of the email is deliberately vague, tempting people to open the attachment. Do not open this; it could either contain malware or be a solicitation for personal identifying information for the purpose of identity theft.

 

How to avoid:

Again, when you receive email from an unknown sender or with a vague message, the best course of action is to delete it without opening it at all. If your curiosity gets the best of you and you do open it, do not click on any links or open any attachments. At the least you could compromise the integrity of your PC; at worst, you could be compromising the integrity of your identity.

 

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The Federal Trade Commission Here


 

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