On Your Side Alert: Latest email schemes

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Crooks are constantly targeting your email inbox. We are tracking some of the latest schemes to keep you safe.

A viewer contacted 12 after they received a bogus email claiming to be from Samsung. Crooks tell you that your email has randomly been selected to receive a $230,000 shopping spree with the company and a new phone. Samsung is aware of these type scams and posted a warning on its website. It reminds customers it will never send unsolicited emails, texts, or make phone calls claiming you've won a prize. If you see this one, don't reply - report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov.

Those phony IRS emails continue to be a problem. Right now, one is showing up in inboxes across Central Virginia. A recent note claims to have information about a tax refund. It's a trick - don't reply, click any links or open any attachments. If you respond, criminals could get their hands on your personal information. Remember, the IRS never sends emails like this. If you get this one or something similar, report it to the agency. The email is phishing@irs.gov. Find more safety tips at IRS.GOV 

No matter how slow your computer is running, don't fall for an email claiming to be an "Anti-fraud Secure Update." With this one, cyber criminals try to get you to click a link or download an attachment. If you do, it will install a virus on your computer. The note claims to come from a legitimate company called ADP. We checked - and on its website, the company confirms this email is a fraud. You can report it to the company at abuse@adp.com.

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