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Cyber Criminals Prey on Parent’s Fears


Beware of a new phishing scam – disguised as a warning to parents about child predators in the ‘area’.–PC Pitstop

Cyber criminals prey on parent’s fears

By Stu Sjouwerman, for KnowBe4.com Security Awareness Training

Child Predator Phishing Scam Preys On Parents Fears

Just when you think phishing criminals cannot sink any further, you get confronted with a “new low”. This phishing scam preys a on parent’s fear.The scam email looks like a warning for parents about a child predator that moved into their zipcode area, but it’s a really low phishing scam.

You receive an email with a subject line like: “Alert: There is a child predator living near you!” This information is based on your “local area zip code.” But you don’t remember signing up for such a service.

When you open the email, it “warns” you that a predator has moved into your area and it provides a link for more information. As you by now know, clicking the link infects your computer with malware that will try to steal your passwords, credit information, your passwords up to and including your identity.

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