A spam email pretending to be sent from the Bank of America tells readers they need to install a digital certificate. What it really does is install malware.
Not only does it install malware, it also asks you for your user ID and password.
Here are some tips to help you avoid this sort of scam:
- When you use any online banking service, look for the padlock icon in your browser. Then click on it, it needs to say your bank’s name, it’s full web address, and shouldn’t show any errors.
- If you receive an email from your bank, don’t click on any links. Instead, open a new web browser and type in your bank’s web address. This way you can’t be tricked into clicking the wrong link.
- Always be wary when you receive unsolicited emails. More often than not they’re scams.
- Use a good antivirus product