The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers that it has received complaints about scammers, posing as a well-known tech company, emailing phony invoices showing that you’ve recently purchased music or apps from them. The email then directs you to click on a link if you did not authorize the purchase. Do not be fooled and do not click on the link!
These emails are phishing attempts — scammers use fraudulent emails, texts or copycat websites to trick you into sharing your valuable personal information. The scammers then use that information to commit fraud or identity theft.
Scammers can also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network — then they install programs like ransomware that can lock you out of important files on your computer.
The FTC offers the following tips to help keep your information secure:
- Be suspicious if a business, government agency, or organization asks you to click on a link that asks for your username or password or other personal data. Instead, type in the web address for the organization or call them. The link in the email may look right, but if you click it you may go to a copycat website run by a scammer.
- Be cautious about opening attachments. A scammer could even pretend to be a friend or family member, sending messages with malware from a spoofed account.
- Set your security software to update automatically, and back up your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Back up your files regularly and use security software you trust to protect your data.