Emails & Online Safety

Airline Tickets

If you're not flying anywhere, be on the lookout for any ticket messages from airlines, including major ones like JetBlue, Frontier Airlines, and U.S. Airways. Emails are going out saying that your credit card has been used to purchase a ticket contained in an attached ZIP file. If you open it the file, it downloads malware that can be used to steal your personal information. Should you receive an email like this, delete it immediately and contact authorities if you receive it or have already opened it.

Dangerous Emails - Wall Street Woes

While there haven't been any confirmed cases yet, the creators of Certified Mail issued a warning that spammers will most likely try to use the current economic crisis for phishing (aka, online scamming) purposes. Just as with the hurricanes, the security experts at Certified Mail believe criminals will capitalize on fear and the high profile nature of the story, so be warned.

Gas Scam - Cheaper Gas

Once again, scammers are going for what's in the news and people's innate desire to save some bucks by highlighting gas prices in spam emails. Either they're offering gas cards with locked in rates around $2.50 a gallon or they're hawking gizmos that increase your mileage. Just don't believe it.

Don't Trust People You've Never Met in Person

You've exchanged emails with someone about meeting for a date or doing some kind of transaction and you start to trust them. You still have no idea who they are.

If you're buying something from Craigslist, then meet in person and always insist on paying with cash, since credit cards can easily be hacked. For eBay, check over the seller's info and ratings. If you're meeting for a date or a casual encounter, then meet in a public place before you end up getting robbed or stuffed in their freezer.