Tuesday, March 3, 2020

How to lose your life savings by trusting too much

This is how easy it is to lose your life savings if you are not vigilant about security online: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/young-couple-loses-775k-in-home-buying-cyber-scam/2271424/?amp

This scam boils down to a one-character difference in the real domain name versus the fake domain name (.corn instead of .com), which in certain fonts can appear identical at first glance:

.corn vs. .com (Serif)
.corn vs. .com (Arial narrow)

Always be extremely vigilant about *any* email that contains a link or attachment, even if it appears to be from someone you trust, and even if it is expected. If the email is related to finances or other sensitive information, be vigilant about verifying it before acting on it. Also:
  • DO NOT CLICK links until you've validated it is legit by hovering over the link and/or reaching out to the sender via a separate communication channel. 
  • DO NOT OPEN attachments until you've done the same.

I see these sad stories every day. Feel free to share with friends and family. Be careful!