Does this title worry you? I hope not but never-the-less I urge you to read 0n. Like most Chatters I consider myself reasonably aware of possible pitfalls on the Internet. However the fact is that twice in the past week I very nearly fell into the traps that we are all advised frequently to avoid - or at the very least exercise great care.
The first instance was with my credit card on which I noted a $15 charge (which I subsequently found had been set up as a monthly charge to a book club I have never heard of - In fact I cannot even read books. I did trace the email addresses for the club and immediately queried what I was supposed to have ordered on four emails, but these were never replied to. After discussion with my bank it was decided to pay the $15 and also to my change my Credit card - Having done this I finally heard from the said book club asking why I hadn't paid my next monthly fee - I did not reply.
During the same week I received an email advising me that I owed $45,000 and had added two attachments which presumably were to show how my bill had be acquired. They were called Proof of Purchase - it was tempting to open said attachments as I was very concerned (as you would be) but somehow I resisted the temptation for a bell rang in my head, that this could only be a fraudulent mail, which my email supplier advised would almost certainly have given the sender access and possibly control of my Computer and they would almost certainly have demanded money to get my computer access back again.
Scary business this, so I promptly closed my email address and now have a new one and I assure you that I shall be much more careful how I access the net in future, for I can assure you I am now Aware - Very Aware