University of Illinois Chicago
The digital world is filled with all sorts of cyber threats, and most people think falling victim to one would never happen to them, but scammers are getting more and more creative these days.
A simple little email from a friend asking for a favor involving a couple of hundred dollars. Except that when you read it again you realize that the signature isn’t his usual signature — and he says he’s traveling, but you just heard from him and he was clearly at home when he wrote. You look at the address. It’s not the usual address.
And suddenly, you know it’s not who it says it is and your friends’ name and picture were scammed. You almost wound up paying for it. You should know better but it’s so easy to not realize that something is wrong — until you do. If I hadn’t realized he is NOT traveling, is definitely home, never signs his name that way and finally, is more than competent to deal with this himself if it were a real “thing.” He would certainly not need my help.
It’s a scam. A common, every day gift card scam. It’s so easy to get taken for a ride. Whether it’s a big or little ride, it’s easy to not notice details. Little things.
Just be very careful.