New email phishing scam targets mobile phone game users
Whether you have kids or you are a nostalgic kid of the ‘90s, you have probably heard about the latest mobile gaming craze, Pokemon Go. While the app allows you to catch virtual monsters in the real world, new scams are helping fraudsters catch your personal information, as well.
In August, a new email scam, or phishing scam, began to circulate, tricking players into paying for the free game. The email included a link to the supposed “full version” of the game, which victims purchased for $12.99, only to get nothing.
This isn’t the first mobile phone game fraud of its kind. So how do you protect yourself from phishing scams while still playing the games you love?
Before you react to any email asking you to upgrade your service, check out the reply email address and company name. The correct company name should be a part of the email address.
Did you sign up for the game with the email address they are sending mail to? Beware of email that has spelling mistakes and vague details.
Beware of clicking
Beware of emails with attachments and links. Embedded links can sometimes contain malware that can allow thieves to steal your information if you click on them.