Payment Notification Scam: How It Works
If you’re like most people, 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. So 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 message below, containing an attachment. Here is the email that is going around these days:
“Please find attached payroll reports for the past months. Remit the new payment by [next week date] 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 identity theft.
Payment Notification Scam: How To Avoid
When you receive an 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.
Payment Notification Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Payment Notification Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers and their email addresses to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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