A friend recently forwarded us the email below because they thought it was a scam. They were right. This email is a great example of three easy ways to detect a scam.
- Spelling and bad grammar. Cybercriminals are not known for their impeccable grammar and spelling. A professional company like Facebook usually has a staff of copy editors that wouldn’t have allowed a mass email like this to go out to its users. If you notice mistakes in an email, it might be a scam. For more information, see Email and web scams: How to help protect yourself.
- Beware of links in email. We noticed that the web address we saw as we hovered our mouse over the link in this email was different from the one that was typed in the email. The web address that showed up as we hovered would have led us to an .exe file. These kinds of file are known to spread malicious software. For more information, see How to recognize phishing emails and links.
- Threats. Have you ever received a threat that your Hotmail account would be closed if you didn’t respond to an email? The email above is an example of the same trick. Our search through the Facebook help files didn’t turn up anything about the “Copyright Law form” mentioned in this email. For more information, see Get help with phishing scams, lottery fraud, and other types of scams.