Alike other similar schemes, Geek Squad email scam is designed to trick users into reacting to fake subscription notifications and acting upon cybercriminals' requests. The letter attempts to make users believe they have been charged for the renewal of the annual Geek Total Protection or similar subscription ($499.99). However, because users did not pay for any subscriptions intentionally, cybercriminal actors expect victims to call the provided +1-808-666-6112 (or similar) telephone number. Note that the subsidiary Geek Squad of the authentic consumer electronics corporation Best Buy has nothing to do with such letters you might have received. If you did not do any payments yourself and double-checked your bank account for such deductions, it is more likely such email messages are fake and contain the above-mentioned text. After calling the number of fake Geek Squad representatives, users will be therefore guided by cybercriminals to provide sensitive details (credit card info, social security number, etc.), pay a "fee" to cancel the subscription, or even install some software allowing scammers to remote-access your PC. Whatever they say is most likely a scam designed to extract financial benefits from inexperienced and gullible users. Beware of these scam techniques and read our guide below to learn how one can protect himself better against them.
"McAfee Subscription Has Expired" is a message that one can receive to his or her e-mail address. On the initial basis, McAfee is a legitimate company developing professional solutions against various computer threats. However, cybercriminals use its name to spread fake messages about expired subscriptions and that users have to renew them. It is said that people ('who got lucky to receive this e-mail'), are eligible to use a one-day limited offer and purchase a 2-year McAfee subscription of completely antimalware experience for only $29.99. Clicking on the "Buy now" hyperlink leads to a rogue website that displays a fake list of detected threats on your PC. Of course, it is fake and otherwise designed to force inexperienced users into paying for non-existing subscriptions or downloading suspicious software. Entered card details on shady websites like this may be collected to steal more money and sell information to third-party figures. Thus, if you got tricked into entering your financial credentials, we recommend you call your bank and block the utilized card immediately. Messages like "McAfee Subscription Has Expired" may be delivered to users who, in fact, have never had any relation with McAfee Antimalware services. This would be a good sign for such users to assume that it is a scam created to extort money from them. Read our guide below to learn more useful information on protecting yourself against phishing means of distributing malware or scam techniques.
OpenSea email scam stands for a fake OpenSea campaign that distributes intentionally phishing letters. Initially, OpenSea is a legitimate and world-famous NFT marketplace allowing users to buy/sell their digital assets (NFTs). Unfortunately, there are cybercriminals impersonating its traits in such scam e-mail letters. These e-mail messages are often sent under the subject of "Migrate Your Ethereum Listings Starting Today" to fool OpenSea users into clicking on the suggested "Get Started" button. Scam developers claim it is necessary to extend Ethereum listings on a new smart contract unless users want to pay additional gas fees. In fact, this button is meant to trick users into revealing their log-in credentials to cybercriminals. As a result, victims can end up being robbed on both the NFT marketplace and cryptocurrency wallets. If you, yourself, became a victim of this scam scheme, we therefore strongly advise you to change your password and secret phrases in order to prevent swindlers from abusing your data again. Even better would be to create a completely new account from scratch. To be more protected against such phishing attacks in the future, it is important to be careful and double-check the information provided. You can also read our guide below for more useful tips about staying secure on the Internet.
"Unfortunately, There Are Some Bad News For You" is a pure e-mail scam message. It is designed and promoted by cybercriminals to extort money from users based on privacy threats. To elaborate, the message contains a fake and explicit story (maybe in different languages) claiming the recipient was captured on camera while visiting adult-oriented resources. This happened, extortionists say, due to a malware infection that attacked the system and granted developers remote access to PC features several months ago. The information is followed by threats to spread the allegedly recorded content to friends and third-party entities interested in its monetization. Cybercriminals ask to pay about $1750 in Bitcoin for the prevention of leakage. As we already mentioned above, there is nothing users should worry about since all the written claims are fake and do not bare real threats to users who received them. Therefore, this or any similar message should be ignored and reported as spam to avoid its delivery in the future. In general, this type of scam is used quite often - fraudulent figures try to create a story that would potentially coincide with what users were doing at a given point in time. Below, we have created a guide with useful tips on how to avoid such e-mail scam techniques and lower the chance of their delivery.
There is no doubt that e-mail has already taken a large part of people's online activity these days. It is now the main departure point for registering at various websites and resources. Any internet user has at least one, if not many e-mail addresses registered and used for various goals, be it a person-to-person communication, receiving different newsletters, updates, or simply as a two-level authentication tool for log-in security measures. While this all sounds useful indeed, there is a dark side to this - a huge and new opportunity for cybercriminals to deliver illegitimate and intentionally malicious content to users. Such a phenomenon is known as e-mail spam. Many e-mail services are always developing new and improving existing algorithms to detect potential spam and prevent inexperienced users from falling into the evil hands of various frauds. These anti-spam mechanisms are educated enough to identify potentially unwanted messages based on different triggers (sender's IP-address reputation, spammy language content, world-known blacklists, etc.). Having some e-mail letters categorized as spam should push users to be more careful and less trustworthy with regard to the message. Unfortunately, there are cases when spam goes undetected being delivered straight into your Inbox. A large number of newsletter subscriptions accumulated over long-time usage can also create a flood of unnecessary messages blurring your eye. Whatever it is, we are going to show how one can get rid of e-mail spam and slow its frequency rates. The guide below will give useful recommendations with guidelines for the world's most used e-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo, Apple Mail, and Microsoft Outlook.