Cyber criminals love to use email for their scams because it's quick, it's easy, and the rewards they reap can be massive. Given the abundance of services out there that offer free email services, these scammers can create accounts at will and remain anonymous while they do their dirty work.
Keep in mind that most users of the interwebs have email addresses, which means that they'll also have hundreds of millions of potential victims for their malicious campaigns.
The most common of these is phishing, where scammers will send off emails based on existing sites or services that try to click the recipients into clicking one of the links in the message. These will often direct to pages that ask the users to fill out forms providing sensitive account information or personal details that might allow the hackers to steal their accounts--or their identities.
Three phishing scams are currently making the rounds this week:
- Yahoo inactive account validation scam
- Irregular activity in your Nationwide account scam
- AOL mail update phishing scam