It looks like the cyber criminals are at it again.
An email scam was recently brought to our attention, this time from a computer expert who said he was almost fooled.
John Shoff of Reality Bytes received an email to his personal account claiming to be from a popular bank.
"I mean I didn't fall for it, but it sure looked believable. There was a whole bit in the bottom saying, every year in October we are updating our safety measures and you are registered as this and it had my actual email address saying if you want to contact us click the link above," reported Shoff. "It all looked so well done and legitimate, I could totally see people falling for this.
The email claimed to be protecting the client against fraud, saying October was Fraud Prevention Month, but indeed was aiming to do just the opposite.
Although cyber scams have the potential to steal important information, it is up to the user to be educated on how to spot the fakes.
"The most important thing is to hold your mouse cursor over the link. It is going to pop up an address of where that link is going to take you and it will actually give you the real destination," continued Shoff.
The links in these emails could send you to suspicious websites that could steal information.
"You know, a hundred years ago, there was a criminal element that they would pickpocket you or rob you on the street. That has all shifted to online now," explained Shoff. "It used to be you were afraid to go out at night because someone was going to rob you, that has become less and less of an occurrence these days because almost nobody carries cash these days. But we are all using computers, so that population of people who want to scam people, they have just moved to doing it through computers."