Google is issuing an urgent warning to all Gmail users – don’t ignore it

Google has discovered a shocking number of scams via messages sent through its email servers and is offering vital advice on how to stop being the next victim of cybercriminals.

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Tips for protecting yourself from email scams during the holidays

Gmail users should be alert when they receive new messages in their inbox following an explosion of email scams. Google has just issued a stark warning about the sheer volume of fake emails being spewed out every day and, with Black Friday sales and the US holiday season still in full swing, now is a particularly important time to pay extra attention. Google says it managed to block nearly 15 billion spam messages from reaching the Gmail inbox in just one day. And that’s not all, because in the past two weeks, around 231 billion spam and phishing messages have been stopped – that’s an incredible 10 percent more than usual. Speaking about the shocking statistics, Google said: “These fraudsters are annoying and persistent at the best of times, but during the festive season their behavior is even more extreme. That’s why we have a dedicated team of Google employees working around the clock to thwart these uninvited guests.” While Gmail users have apparently been protected from receiving billions of spam messages, some do slip through the network, so it’s still important for everyone to remain vigilant. To help its users spot dangerous messages, Google has now released some tips to help people stay safe.

Here’s Google’s top tip for detecting spam and keeping your computer and personal information safe from hackers:

Gift cards and gifts

When shopping season is in full swing, so are gift card and gift card scams. Scammers may try to trick people into buying a gift card for them — sometimes using the guise of a known contact — or dangling a free prize in exchange for sharing their credit card information.

Charitable organizations

Strikers show no restraint during the season of giving. In fact, charity scams and identity theft attempts worsen this time of year, hurting both those who fall prey to the scams and the charities that would benefit from giving. Be on the lookout for anyone who asks you to contact them via their personal email or send them money directly.

Demographic targeting

Some of the most devastating scams are specifically targeted at you. These scams can seem more personal because they involve some specific elements of your life or identity.

Subscription renewals

As we approach the end of the year, renewal scams may increase. A particularly unsolicited version of these emails spoofs antivirus services, luring victims with the promise of improved security. Although some scammers can make their message look very convincing, always check the sender’s email. If it looks wrong, it might be fake.

Crypto scams

A whole class of scams unto themselves, crypto-based scams can proliferate at this time of year. A common variation of these scams uses a cryptocurrency wallet to collect payments and often attempts to extort funds from the victim through a threat. Some big red flags include typos, email addresses that look wrong, or payment requests.

If you’re not sure about the message, don’t open it and definitely don’t click on the link or give out any personal information because it could get you into serious trouble.

Source: Express


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