The email example above has been making the rounds to several of our customers and is a good example of phishing which is an attempt to make an email look like it originated from Mid-Rivers. The purpose of these types of emails is to trick a recipient into opening the email and clicking on a link in the email in order to install malware on the recipient's computer. There are a couple of warning signs that will help identify this as some type of scam.
1. Mid-Rivers is misspelled as Midrivers. Mid-Rivers will always use the hyphen in the spelling of Mid-Rivers Communications, as well as our logo in any email correspondance.
2. Mid-Rivers will never ask for personal account information via email.
3. Place your mouse over any of the links, without clicking, in an email like the example above and you will see that the real name of the website hosting the link does not match a the www.midrivers.com domain.
The best way to protect yourself from attempts like these is to not click on any link in an email message sent to you if you have any concerns about the source of the email. If in doubt, manually enter the web address of the company, www.midrivers.com in this case, into your web browser or search for the company in your favorite search engine. If you do click on a link in an email and get unexpected results, make sure to run a scan of your computer with an updated anti-virus program and it would be a good idea to also run a malware scan with a program like Malwarebytes found at http://www.malwarebytes.org/.
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