Phishing attacks target your email and attempt to steal money from your bank account; here’s how to protect yourself.

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UNSCRUPULOUS hackers are sending malicious phishing scams to unsuspecting Americans that could see their emails and bank accounts targeted.

Researchers at Google discovered more than two million phishing websites last year – an increase of 25 percent compared to 2019.

Security experts warn Americans to pay close attention to emails they receive.

Hackers often include words such as “invoice” and the name of a business in the subject line as they try to get their victims to act promptly.

Scammers also tend to use the keywords “required”, “message”, and “new”.

Links to websites pretend to be legitimate as hackers try to trick people into clicking them, according to Tech Radar.

Ben Brigida, director of SOC Operations at Expel, told TechRepublic: “Attackers are trying to trick people into giving them their credentials.

“The best way to do this is to make the email look legitimate, prompt one clear action, and lace it with emotion.”

He said that hackers want their victims to be moving so quickly that they don’t stop and think if the email is legitimate.

Sometimes, scammers may leave the subject line of an email blank so it’s important that Americans are vigilant.

Consumers have been told to be wary of scanning QR codes and inputting their personal details.

Scammers are using QR technology to steal personal information including credit card details, addresses, phone numbers.

Personal data is transferred within minutes from the moment a person scans a QR code to an email that sends their information directly to a scammer.

More than 46,000 scam complaints have been recorded across the US since October 13 last year, according to the Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker.

One individual filed a complaint last week, stating that they had lost more than $65,000 through a bitcoin scammer.

Americans can take several steps to ensure they don’t fall victim to scams.

If a family member, friend, or acquaintance sends a QR code, be sure to reach out to them directly to make sure they did send it.

Additionally, do not scan QR codes sent by strangers, and double-check the URL before opening the link.

Make sure to verify the source that sent the code by physically visiting the official website.

WhatsApp users have been warned about a fake backup message that’s said to be delivering malware to unsuspecting victims.

The email scam involves a cybercriminal impersonating WhatsApp and encouraging a victim to download a bug.

The message is said to be sent via a convincing email that looks like it could be from the messaging app.

The subject line is often ‘Copia de seguridad de mensajes de WhatsApp *913071605 Nº (xxxxx)’, according to The Daily Swig,

This roughly translates to… Brinkwire Brief News.

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