Friday, 8 July 2011, 5:20 PM

Email Phishing – Never Click in Emails Asking You to Verify Personal or Account Data

One of the reasons why I decided to tidy up a bit among my many email accounts – yes, I have quite a few – was that I gave my MacBook a bottle of water the night before a very important presentation. I don’t remember having been so frustrated in all my life, but I’m so grateful for the equipment of modern hotel bathrooms. You can probably not imagine how well adapted a hand dryer in the men’s room in a hotel is when it comes to blow out water from a laptop.

Anyway, the computer was totally recovered, but one of my inboxes was completely drowned(!) in so called phishing emails from big companies such as VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal among others, also Blocket. These emails are written in Swedish and look quite trustworthy if you just give them a quick glance – and they do have sender addresses such as VISA and PayPal. But look out! Whatever you do, don’t click in these emails! They are altogether false and they are ”fishing” for you personal data and/or your account number.

This is how it might look: