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Be Aware of Clone Phishing Email's Tricks

Email is a very useful tool to get the newest information from subscriptions. Meanwhile, it's also an easy target of cybercriminals. Clone phishing email is one most common router to launch the phishing attack. Victims are easily tricked by clone phishing email thus suffering a loss.

Clone phishing creates an almost identical email that resembles a previously delivered message. The email address and the body of the message are both similar to the legitimate ones. But the link and the attachment are replaced by the malicious content. It's very easy to ignore the difference thus getting PCs infected with viruses, especially ransomware by clicking on the link or attachment in a clone phishing email.

Cybercriminal uses hacking technology to get both sender and user's email address. Whenever you receive an email from a stranger or even a familiar account, do not click on links and download any attachments without reading the message carefully. Instead, you can check the email address, headline and body of the message to make sure that the email is trusted. Once you find anything suspicious, delete the email directly and contact the entity or institution.

Below is an example of a clone phishing email. The hacker resembles IObit and tricks Advanced SystemCare users into clicking on the malicious hyperlink in the email. We've marked the words which might mislead users in the screenshot below. As you may see, the product name, company name, and email address are misleading.

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In one word, clone phishing email is preventable. Be very careful and do not click on a suspicious email, either the link or the attachment in the message thus reducing the potential risk of being attacked by clone phishing emails.

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