Scam of the Week – Hermes Email Scam

April 12, 2018 11:07 am Roisin Mooney

Friday the 13th is considered one of the unluckiest days of the year so make sure you don’t get caught out today by our latest scam of the week; The Hermes Email Scam.

UK shoppers have been warned this week about a dangerous new online scam that tricks users into handing over their bank account details.

What is the Hermes Email Scam?

Scammers have been sending out emails posing as the Hermes delivery service- which works with brands such as ASOS, Next and Tesco- to trick users into revealing their personal data.

Researchers at My Online Security uncovered the scam where hackers send a fake tracking service email containing accurate customer information, to convince users it’s a genuine company email.

 Details such as a customer’s full name, address or mobile number will be used to lure the victim into clicking the dodgy link which then downloads malware onto their device.

The malicious malware will normally have a password stealing component with the aim of secretly tracking everything that has been typed into the device, including bank account numbers and passwords.

Fake Hermes Email

Source: My Online Security

The phishing emails are also designed to steal your Facebook and other social network log in details, and a large proportion of the emails are ransomware versions that will encrypt your files and demand money to recover the files.

Fraudsters opt for a scattergun approach when launching these types of email scams. With so many people taking deliveries from delivery firms such as Hermes, there will always be a percentage of people that fall for the scam and hand over their sensitive data to cybercriminals.

Tips To Protect against Scams Like Hermes Phishing Emails

To protect yourself from falling victim to these types of online scams, never click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown sources.

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