In the past years, hacking and phishing has evolved to a whole new level. This leaves us wondering will you know you are being hacked or even if it’s just a scam that can cost you loads? Today if you were to receive a scam email, how confident are you that you would not open or download any attachments?
According to previous reports, 40% of fraudulent e-mails are opened and attachments downloaded. The numbers may seem small and harmless but in the world of e-mail open rates, that is poisonous. On this note, it is scary that Gmail phishing is on the rise since it is going beyond bounds to effectively trick users.
How it works
The new tactics are so good that the e-mail will not fall under the scam folder. This is why Gmail scams are affecting many victims. First and foremost, it all begins by receiving an e-mail from someone you know and maybe trust. Someone that may have been hacked and account stolen. The email contains information that looks familiar.
This familiarity of the details makes you open the email and even download the attachments. At one look everything looks legitimate to you. When downloading or previewing the attachments, it will take you to a Gmail login page that looks so real with no grammatical errors or even unrelated images and the graphics are perfect. The only error would be in the URL but who checks when the rest is fine? At the start of the URL, you’ll see “data:text/” and yet it should not exist. You may also see a green lock symbol at the start of the URL if you are using Chrome.
For the many who do not take note of the above, just quickly sign in and once the submission of your credentials is successful, everything is over and you know become the victim with your email being used to scam others. With your account in the hand of the hacker, they are now poisoned to compromise your personal and professional life and that may just be the beginning.
This does not happen only to Gmail users. Everyone is in danger. It only takes one to be naïve and lack legitimate and proper antivirus software that would have noted the phishing emails and the fake redirected cite. ESET products have the sole purpose of protecting you against this situations, whether on your mobile phone or tablet or computer. Enjoy safer technology today with ESET.