Scammers require you to pay a fee to receive the prize to avoid taxes or additional fees, or may even threaten to report you to the IRS or police if you do not make the requested payment.
You meet a romantic interest on an online dating site, social network, or chat room.
Scammers typically use this information to make fraudulent wire transfers or commit identity theft. What you can do A scammer posing as technical support representative calls to claim there is an issue with your computer – for example, that your software is outdated or that you need to confirm your identity – and asks for remote access to your computer to resolve the issue.
He will then create a fake email address that closely resembles the real thing, such as [email protected]
With access to the real email account, the scammer can observe the formatting of previous email exchanges and craft a phishing email that looks very authentic, down to the email signature and company logo.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'We advise people to take a commonsense approach and change their password.
'It is early days but we have yet to receive reports of fraud linked to this breach.' A Microsoft spokesman added: 'We are aware that some Windows Live Hotmail customers' credentials were acquired illegally and exposed on a website.
Scammers impersonate employees at title companies or other businesses supporting the buying and selling of property because these companies typically use wire transfers to move large sums of money and customers commonly have funds readily available.
A scammer typically gains access to a title company’s or realty agent’s email account and searches for home purchases or refinances scheduled for settlement.'As soon as we learned of the attack, we forced password resets on the affected accounts.We will continue to force password resets on additional accounts when we become aware of them.'The firm stressed that the scam was 'not a breach of Gmail security' but rather 'a scam to get users to give away their personal information to hackers'.Telephone or voice: A phishing attempt made through a telephone call or voice message.Scammers have the ability to spoof caller ID so it appears that the call is coming from a legitimate company.They may also have some of your information to make the call sound more authentic.