Shopping at Edeka for 500 dollars? That doesn’t sound bad. But if you have received such an offer by email, you must beware of a phishing scam.
- If you received a 500 euro voucher from Edeka out of the blue, you should be suspicious.
- Behind the fake prize is a phishing scam.
- The attempted scam is easy to spot.
Shopping isn’t exactly cheap these days. Cyber criminals exploit this fact and send phishing emails in the name of Edeka. The message with the subject “Unfortunately this is the last time” states that you have won an Edeka voucher worth 500 dollars. That would be pretty handy, but the truth is, it’s a scam used to steal your data.
That it is a phishing attempt can be easily determined from a few indicators. A look at the extremely dubious sender address is actually enough: [email protected][.]zeeland.site. But there are also clear signs in the email itself, such as the impers onal address and the sender Franziska Schramm, who is already known from many phishing emails from well-known companies.
In addition, the scammers put pressure on you by claiming that you must redeem the voucher immediately. Otherwise it would expire and go to another “lucky winner”. The actual data theft takes place via a link in the email. If you click on this, you will be taken to a fake Edeka page and supposedly have to enter your personal data in order to receive the voucher.
It is best to delete the email or put it in the spam folder. No matter how tempting the supposed prize sounds, always check whether you have even taken part in a competition.
Simple signs: This is how you recognize every phishing email
A first indication that you have received a phishing email: the email will ask you to confirm personal data or to enter it on a website. This Under no circumstances should you comply with the request. In addition, criminals often use the official logos of the companies they are copying in their emails, but not official sender addresses.
If you find the sender suspicious, you should read the email twice. You will often find spelling mistakes or inconsistencies in German grammar. The attackers usually do not write their emails themselves, but instead use automatically generated messages or translate known emails with a translation program. But why all the effort?
What do criminals achieve with phishing attacks?
Phishing is used on the Internet to collect real user data. Money can be made with these if e-mail addresses, names and other information are sold for advertising purposes or passed on in criminal forums. With the data obtained, cyber criminals can also address future phishing attacks in a more targeted manner, making their attacks more effective.
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Attachments and links contained in malicious e-mails also often inject malware or viruses onto your computer. In addition, you should not simply ignore suspicious emails. Forward them to the above email address and help us report future phishing attacks.
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