I just received an email from “GoDaddy” saying a credit card I have on file has expired and I need to update this card immediately or my products will expire. Click here to update.
PLEASE BE AWARE!
THIS IS A SCAM !!!
Phishing emails (hoping you take the bait!) attempt to fool you into visiting a bogus web site to either download viruses like malware or ransomware or reveal sensitive personal information. The perpetrators of phishing scams carefully craft the email and the bogus web site to look like the real thing. Phishing attacks cause almost 93% of cybercrime breaches!
GoDaddy will never contact you in this manner. In fact, no legitimate business will contact you for this kind of issue in this way!
I looked at the sender address, in this case it was from an e.godaddy.com address, which is bogus.
If you ever get a notice along these lines from any company you do business with like a bank, the power company, etc. DO NOT RESPOND TO OR CLICK ANYTHING IN THE EMAIL. Contact the company yourself via phone or log into your account yourself to see if there is a notification message or to check the card you have on file.
Ransomware or phishing attacks occur every 11 seconds!
Keep your devices’ software updated
It is so important because the majority of updates protect against new security threats. Roughly 68% of 100 million phishing emails blocked by Gmail filters, belonged to a previously unknown scam.
- If you get a phishing email, forward it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Anti-Phishing Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn how to recognize and report phishing from this FTC article to keep you, your computer and your phone safe.
DON’T GET CAUGHT!
The best way to avoid being exposed to ransomware—or any type of malware—is to be a cautious and conscientious computer user. Cyber criminals have gotten increasingly savvy, and you need to be careful about what you download and click on. Here are examples of some common Phishing Emails.
Want to Learn More?
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