Phishing Scams

If you're ever asked to sign into your e-mail account in order to complete a transaction, do not proceed. This is most likely a "phishing" attempt to gain access to your credentials. If a RedWeek member sends you a link asking you to do this, let us know immediately by forwarding the e-mail to

How it works

  • In the course of negotating a transaction, you receive an e-mail with a link or an attachment that takes you to a legitimate-looking e-mail login page (Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, etc.)
  • You enter the login information for your account and click submit
  • The scammers capture this information and use it to access your e-mail
  • They then take control of other accounts, such as your RedWeek account, that depend on e-mail to verify your identity.

Protecting yourself

  • Never log in to an account through a link or an attachment in an e-mail -- even if the e-mail looks legit. Go directly to the Web site in question to log in.
  • If you think you've fallen victim to this trick:
    • FIRST, secure your e-mail account. See Google's security checklist for recommendations.
    • After you're certain your e-mail account has been secured, begin changing the passwords on your other accounts (such as your RedWeek account).
    • E-mail to let us know your account was compromised. We are working with law enforcement to identify and prosecute these criminals.

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