Bad time, new scam travels via email

A new phishing campaign, already reported by the Postal Police, leverages people's relationships to steal their money and personal information

Be careful. If you don't pay too much attention, in a few days you might experience a really... bad time. The warning comes directly from the Postal Police who, through a message posted on the official Facebook account "A life of social", has provided information on the latest online scam set up by an anonymous group of hackers.

A phishing campaign organized in detail probably by a team of Italians, ready to take advantage of a moment of distraction of other Internet users - and their good faith - to be able to steal their money and personal data. The scheme at the base of the new online scam, however, is the same seen in other occasions: noticing the attempt of personal identity and money theft, therefore, should not be too difficult. Just pay attention to avoid falling into the trap, however well orchestrated it may be.

Brutto momento, come funziona la nuova scffa online

As reported by the Postal Police, the latest online scam that is hitting Italian internet users in these days is leveraging on their good heart and sensitivity. Every day, tens of thousands of inboxes are reached by a message with the subject "Bad moment"; inside the body of the email, the cybertruffers pretend to be someone close to us who is going through a bad moment and needs our support. The friend in need asks to be contacted by email, because he/she cannot answer the phone.

If you reply, the real scam message will start, in which we will be asked (most likely) to send money or information about our bank account. By doing so, we will be giving away very valuable information to a group of hackers.

How to avoid falling for the "Bad moment" phishing scam

Like any other online scam, the "Bad moment" one can be easily circumvented. Even though it's more carefully crafted by hackers (the Italian, in particular, is perfect, and the message is most likely written by a native cybertrucker), there are many clues that immediately point to an attempted scam. In particular, the fact that the person asks to be contacted by email and not by phone should set off alarm bells.

To make sure that, indeed, the person is in real trouble it is more than advisable to call him directly on the phone. If he/she answers we will have the confirmation that the e-mail message is nothing else than a phishing attempt.