“Website Using Copyrighted Images” Scam

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"Your website is infringing on my copyright" is a new automated e-mail going around that we delve into in our latest 'Scam Radar'. We answer if this email is a scam. and say exactly what a virus acquired like this could potentially do.
Copyright Content on Your Website Scam Email

๐—ฆ๐—–๐—”๐—  RADAR (Website Using Copyright Content) :

A new scam is spreading fast on the internet that will potentially DESTROY your computers and hijack customer information. Will this definitely happen if you click the link in the email? It depends on many factors BUT there is no point in trying it out. There are many variations of this type of email scam and we believe that is due to its ‘effectiveness’. A lot of people fall for this con because the emails contain personalized values such as your website URL and Business name. Check out the examples below and let us know if you have ever received an email like this.

"Website Using Copyrighted Images" Scam email.

This new scam will often look identical to this photo which our Abbotsford plumbing partner, ‘Bromac Mechanical’ received

"Copyright Content on Business Website Scam E-Mail Example"
Copyright Content on Business Website Scam E-Mail Example

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—บ: “Your website is infringing on my copyright” e-mail

The hacker deploys a web crawler + bot network to send automated emails that claim your website is using copyright images. The bot will even fill in custom parts like (your business name) or (www. yourwebsite .com)

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ: The copyright content e-mail scam infects your computer with a virus

The bad email includes a ‘Google’ link that leads clickers to a seemingly safe + innocent file. DO NOT CLICK THIS.

Once clicked, your computer will become infected with a bad virus that can steal all information from your computer including ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™จ, ๐™—๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ช๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ, ๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ค and ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š.

The Solution: Do not click the link and help spread awareness about the “copyright content on your business website” scam.

The best way to avoid infections is to make people aware of these scams. Be sure to share this post and let others know not to click links from people they have not met.

For more up to date ‘Scam Alerts’, check out the Longhouse Media Facebook page.

We are getting reports from many of our web design and SEO clients that they are getting identical messages.

Keenan Beavis

Keenan Beavis

Keenan Beavis is a Growth Consultant with Longhouse Media. Longhouseโ€™s services include websites, digital marketing, social media management, videography and graphic design. Past projects of Keenanโ€™s include, a YouTube channel where he was awarded for being the 27th most viewed YouTuber in Canada and a chain of online niche clothing stores under the banner of โ€˜JK Design Teamโ€™. Realizing his aptitude for developing businesses online, Keenan decided to help others grow their businesses and personal brands through technology by founding the media company, Longhouse.

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