Do you use Gmail or Outlook to manage your email? Listen – there’s another warning from the experts this week as cyber thieves have introduced a clever new trick to keep people out of their pockets. The latest tactic sends a scary warning to your inbox suggesting that the account holder is at risk of attack due to a lack of anti-virus protection on their PC.
According to the Consumer Group Which? These messages are said to have been sent by some of the biggest names in cyber protection such as McAfee and Norton to deceive unsuspecting users.
An email suggesting it came from the McAfee team reads, “Your subscription has expired! Protect your digital life now. We strongly recommend renewing your McAfee subscription to keep your privacy online and Protect your communications. “
This is followed by a button that says “Get Protected Now”.
Once the link is clicked, users are taken to a fake login page asking them to pay inflated prices for antivirus software that they are unlikely to need.
Aside from this McAfee scam, there is also a Norton antivirus message that lands in the inboxes and uses another way to trick PC owners. In lieu of a warning, this email pretends to be a cybersecurity firm bill claiming that the user will be billed over $ 500 (£ 380) to renew their subscription.
If the recipient doesn’t act, they’ll auto-renew at this very high cost (a real Norton protection plan costs around £ 100). A link is then placed at the end of the message that users can use to unsubscribe. However, if you are tricked into clicking it, users will be taken to a fake page where hackers are trying to steal usernames, passwords, and banking information.
About the Fraud Where? Luke Jeffery said, “A well-known phishing scam has returned: Scammers are trying their luck to convince people they need to replace the antivirus they didn’t know they had.
“There are fake emails posing as McAfee and Norton Antivirus letting people know that their subscription has expired and needs to be renewed.
In response to the latest fake emails, a Norton spokesperson told When? “NortonLifeLock is a trusted consumer cybersecurity reputation that businesses and public institutions are building to defraud and defraud consumers.”
“Any NortonLifeLock customer who has a problem should reach out to our customer support teams. We also provide helpful tips and techniques for detecting and reporting phishing on our website.”
This latest threat comes after Gmail, Outlook, and other email users were warned of fake supermarket messages arriving in inboxes. These emails suggest that users could receive a gift card for taking a quick survey. However, there is no such incentive when hackers use this method to steal usernames and passwords.