I’m a tech expert – don’t click bank-emptying ‘fear’ email that may be hiding in your Gmail or Outlook right now

The U.S. Sun was told by a CYBERSECURITY specialist how to avoid a commonly used phishing tactic.

The cruel method is used by cybercriminals to grab cash fast, but it’s very easy to detect once you are aware.

Cybercriminals use fear tactics to get you to part with cash


Fear tactics are used by cybercriminals to trick you into parting with your cashCredit: Getty

Erich Kron, a security awareness advocate at specialist firm KnowBe4 refers to the trick as the “fear tactic.”

The most common tactic used to attack consumers is fear.

Microsoft may say that their computer is infected with a virus, and Microsoft will help. Or their bank might tell them their account would be closed if they didn’t confirm certain information. All of these tactics use fear to make people react, and to make mistakes.

Scammers rely on making you panic to get your personal information or even more cash.

The scammers want to get your money before you can realize that it is a fraud.

If victims don’t realize that they made a mistake, then it may be too expensive to refund their money.

Scammers may imitate popular brands to appear more credible.

Check out the real websites before you believe a scam.

It is best to never send any money online.

Kron also added, “Not all scams phishing are a direct money-misuse.”

Cybercriminals will use fake login pages to steal usernames and passwords, which they can later use to gain access to accounts.

Cybercriminals can use your personal data just as much as you do financial information.

You may be a victim of identity theft if they still use your information to make money.

Report and delete any suspicious emails or texts.

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