Tips to not become a victim of email scams

Email phishing is a trick where bad guys deceive victims by sending fake emails to an acquaintance or a reputable organization or unit. With this trick, many Internet users are trapped by scammers.

According to the Anti-Phishing project and the scam warning website ScamVN, Vietnam is the country witnessing the most scams in Southeast Asia in the first half of 2020.

The number of fraud cases recorded in Vietnam during this period was 464,300. In neighboring countries, the number of scams was only 406,200 for Indonesia and 269,500 for Malaysia during the same time period.

While the number of cyberattacks has decreased (2,017 attacks on information systems, down 27.1% over the previous year), the number of online scams in Vietnam is on the rise. . Accordingly, the number of fraud cases in Vietnam in the first 6 months of 2020 increased by 39% compared to the same period in 2019.

Personal information of users is one of the most common targets of online fraudsters.

Due to the complicated development of the Covid-19 pandemic, scams in Vietnam often involve the sale of masks, relief or donations to Covid-19 vaccine funds.

According to a report by the Department of Information Security (Ministry of Information and Communications), the most common forms of fraud today are financial fraud (investment platforms, online game websites, foreign exchange channels), stealing identity, emotional fraud through popular social networking channels such as Zalo, Facebook.

Phishing scams are commonly known as phishing attacks or phishing attacks. This is one of the simplest but very dangerous forms of attack because the target is humans, the weakest link and the most vulnerable. However, there are many different ways we can recognize the tricks of the scammers.

Usually, bad guys will impersonate an agency, organization, business or individual that users trust to send phishing emails or links containing malicious code.

The easiest way to detect this is to move the mouse to the location of the attachment link in the email. Pay attention to the left corner of the browser, the url part of the link will appear. Users need to carefully check the incoming email address, to avoid being deceived by a fake address with a structure similar to the real one.

Tips to not become a victim of email scams
When receiving the above email, many people will let their guard down and immediately click on the shared document link. If you do that, you have inadvertently created an opportunity for the bad guys to install data into your device. If you notice the URL of the shared link, you’ll see two dashes (–) in the address section of the Google Drive page. That’s how the bad guy has planted a similar address to bypass you.

Next, pay attention to the subject of the email. A malicious email may contain a username in the subject line or a blank subject line. This is something to be wary of because regular emails always have a subject line and rarely mention the username directly.

The most important thing is in the body of the email. Be wary if an email is sent with content related to verification, requests for personal information, announcements about winning prizes or about the delivery of a parcel or money. In particular, it is necessary to pay more attention to emails with content related to Covid-19.

Phishing emails often lead users to visit a link containing malicious code or a website with a fake interface to steal information. When encountering suspicious situations, users absolutely must not click on links that lead to strange websites.

Tips to not become a victim of email scams
In this example, the sender address “” is a dummy address, not used by Google. In addition, the link to the password change page has the domain This is not a Google domain at all.

Users also need to be wary of files attached to emails. This is necessary even if these attachments have file extensions as common files such as .pdf, .doc or .xls. Most likely, hidden in those attachments are programs that are installed to automatically download malicious code to the user’s computer.

With attachments, users should use online tools (Google Doc, Google Excel) to open them. In case these tools report an error or cannot read the documents, there is a high chance that this is a phishing file. Users should immediately delete this document file to avoid clicking by mistake.

In addition, users need to be careful when receiving emails asking for permission to access the account. To avoid the risk of information disclosure, users should only grant access to developers they trust.

Trong Dat

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