Voice Message E-mail Scam
Voicemail Email Scam: How It Works
Similar to the WhatsApp Voicemail Scam, this one comes to you via email. You are informed that someone has left a voicemail for you, as in the picture below. The message might have the name of the sender as ‘LINE’ and the email address could be email@example.com. However, the scammers can definitely change these at the next batch of mass emails, so beware of the style of the email, not the name. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see the Voice Message Email scam exposed:
Say you open the email. Once they’ve got your attention, you are invited to ‘Listen’ to your message. Clicking the button takes you to a malicious website that will ask you to download and install a file called “Browser 6.5” on your computer or phone – in order to have a listen of your message.
If you then click the “Agree” button in the “browser”, text messages will be sent to you from premium rate phone numbers.
The scammers will also try to convince users to download another malicious app.
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This scam does not work on Macs (at least not for now), as “Browser 6.5 is not compatible with your computer”. However, if you are using a jailbroken iPhone, you will also download the malicious file, as jailbroken phones cannot be protected.
Voicemail Scams via Email: How To Avoid
Just ignore the emails and delete them. Whoever wants to find you calls you on your phone and does not need to leave messages through unknown services.
From the same family of scams affecting social media users, be also careful at deceptive messages such as the Whatsapp Gold (along with many other Whatsapp scams), Gold IRA investment and the Cutest Baby Contest.
Voicemail Scams via Email: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Voicemail Email 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:
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