Have you ever received a scary email regarding a product or program you don’t use? That’s what phishing is all about. Scammers send messages to countless inboxes, hoping someone will bite.
A accurate scam involved people getting fake Norton 360 Deluxe software messages informing them that they were being charged $300 for autorenewal. A customer service phone number was included. Tap or click here to check out the details of this scheme.
You have to be careful no matter which programs you use or don’t use. Scammers never sleep, and even the most vigilant can be caught off guard. Here’s a scam involving another popular antivirus program.
Komando Content Director Allie recently got this pop-up from McAfee claiming her subscription expired. She was also warned about being exposed to viruses and malware. A solution was offered, of course, in the form of a discounted subscription:
This looks pretty believable. Note the accurate date, serial number and realistic McAfee logo. You may notice some weird formatting, but no significant typos.
Clicking on the Renew Subscription button leads to a convincing-looking website where you’re asked to enter personal and financial information to sign up for antivirus protection.
The entire thing is a scam. If you don’t use McAfee, you may not fall for it, but others will. And don’t be surprised if you get a pop-up just like this one with your antivirus software as the leading subject.
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Be wary of all pop-ups, especially when they contain alarming warnings. It’s better to ignore them and contact the company directly if you think there’s a problem.
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Cybercriminals target individuals or organizations in different ways. The purpose of these attacks is to steal the confidential and sensitive data of users and organizations, such as credit card details, passwords, etc. Moreover, they can also sell the users’ data on the Dark Web. Scam emails and messages are one of the attacks done by cybercriminals. One thing is common in all these scam email messages. These email messages pretend to be sent by a company so that the users will click on the links provided in these emails. For normal users, it is difficult to differentiate between legitimate email messages and scam email messages. This article shows how to identify fake McAfee scam messages and emails.
For normal users, it is difficult to differentiate a fake email message from the legitimate one. But if you take care of some important points, you can easily identify the scam email messages in your inbox. Here’s how to know if an email from McAfee is genuine. Learn how to get rid of McAfee scam emails & messages.
Scam email messages contain suspicious links that take users to websites designed by hackers. The design of these websites looks almost similar to legitimate websites. Once you land on such web pages, your data is not safe. If you enter your credit card or debit card details to make a payment for purchasing a product, your information will be stolen by the hacker.
In addition to this, the website may also ask you to install software on your system. Such types of software developed by cybercriminals are known as malware because they contain malicious code. Once you obtain and install such software on your system, malware will enter your system. Now, hacker can control your system remotely and steal your data without your information.
The technique used in scam emails to steal the confidential and sensitive information of users is called Phishing, and the attack is called phishing attack. Phishing gets its name from fishing because it follows the same technique fishermen use to catch fish. The most common reason why phishing attacks are popular is the lack of awareness. Things that are common among phishing attacks are requests for submitting personal information, require immediate action by the users, etc.
Some users have reported that they received email messages under the name of McAfee regarding the payment of the antivirus. But according to them, they did not make such a payment. The email message also included a statement saying:
If you didn’t authorize this charge, you have 48 hours from the date of the transaction to open a dispute against this charge and claim for a refund. For more information about this order or to cancel your subscription with McAfee reach us out on our Toll-Free No.
Users received a toll-free number in the email message to raise the dispute. In addition to the contact number, you may also receive a link in the email message. The following information will help you identify fake McAfee scam emails and messages.
Phishing emails have grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. If you are good at English you can easily notice such mistakes. If you see grammatical and spelling errors in emails pretending to be legit, you will easily identify that this email is not genuine and it is a phishing attempt.
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Phishing emails contain suspicious links and attachments. If you doubt an email message, you can scan the links and attachments provided in that email on free online virus scanners, like VirusTotal. Do not click on the links provided in the email. Copy them and scan them on VirusTotal or another good online virus scanner. If the email has an attachment, obtain it and scan it on an online virus scanner. Do not run or open that attachment until you scan it online for viruses.
Scam email messages are either sent from a public domain or their domain names are misspelled. If you receive an email message from an organization or any other sender, your first step is to check its domain name. You will see the sender’s email address at the top of the email message. If its domain name ends with a public domain address, like @gmail.com, it may be fake.
All the email messages sent from McAfee end with .mcafee.com. Following is a list of domain names that McAfee uses to send emails to its customers:
As you can see, all the above email addresses contain .mcafee.com in the end. Hence, these emails are genuine. If you receive an email that has a domain name other than those mentioned above, be cautious and share this information with the McAfee team at
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Gmail has a feature using which you can mark suspicious emails as spam. After that, all the emails from that sender will not land in the Spam folder. To do so, simply select the suspicious email and click Report Spam.
In addition to this, you can also block a sender in Gmail or Outlook.com. The block and unblock a sender feature is available in almost all email clients. After blocking a particular sender, you will not receive emails from him.
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A fake email has several characteristics like the email message is sent from a public domain name or the domain name is misspelled, the email is poorly written, the email has a sense of urgency, The email has suspicious links and attachments, etc. You can easily identify a fake email if you know these things.
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If you think that an email from McAfee is suspicious, you should not click on links and not contact the number provided in that email. You can report fake McAfee emails at [email protected]
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If you receive fake McAfee emails, you can report them at their official email address [email protected] In addition to this, you can mark such email messages as Spam by using the Report Spam feature in Gmail (if you use the Gmail email client). Gmail and other popular email clients also have a feature that lets users block a particular sender. You can block the senders you do not want to receive email messages from.
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Mike Greenberg fans can rejoice the fact that the sports host has returned to ESPN with more regularity in accurate weeks.
Despite having his own ESPN TV and radio shows, there was a period of months where you would be hard-pressed to find Greenberg behind the mic for either one of them. The mounting absences eventually prompted Pat McAfee to ask, “where the f*ck is Mike Greenberg?” a question that finally caused the masses to realize ESPN’s $6.5 million employee was off-air for an absurd amount of time.
Thursday morning, McAfee joined ESPN’s Get Up. And as they addressed McAfee’s own wardrobe, which typically consists of a black tank top, the former NFL punter referenced Greenberg’s lengthy vacation.
Don't put me in a blender @Espngreeny
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 29, 2022
“Greeny, you know how much we care about your thoughts,” said McAfee. “Whenever you took like three months off earlier this year, we were like ‘where the hell is Greeny? Where the hell is Greeny?’ Anything you say goes. You say it, I believe it, so don’t put me in a blender like that.”
Greenberg’s laughter on Get Up subsided into more of an awkward chuckle as McAfee cited the ESPN personality’s seemingly endless amount of vacation time.
After McAfee’s initial question of “where the f*ck is Mike Greenberg?” we calculated some staggering numbers which showed Greenberg hosted his radio show Greeny just seven times out of a possible 61 shows from June 1 through Aug. 25, and 59 times out of a possible 169 shows if we start the clock on Jan. 1.
In addition to his radio show, Greenberg was a rarity on Get Up over the summer. But now that football season is in full swing, the ESPN host’s propensity for taking vacations has subsided.
[Get Up, Pat McAfee]
At the start of 2019, Robert King found himself cruising the Caribbean in a 75ft, four-storey motor yacht named the Great Mystery. King, an experienced war photographer from Memphis, Tennessee, was on board at the invitation of the boat’s owner and skipper, a tech mogul named John McAfee. A tall, tanned 73-year-old with a goatee beard and commanding baritone voice, McAfee was a computer programmer who, during the Eighties, had made a $100 million fortune through the development of the world’s first commercially available antivirus software.
But he was also a paranoid eccentric who had spent much of the decade steeped in controversy. He twice attempted to run for the US presidency on a libertarian ticket. He would tweet conspiracy theories to his million-plus Twitter
All-new features include identity restoration, lost wallet assistance and Chrome OS support.
TORONTO, October 13, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, McAfee Corp., a global leader in online protection, announced the launch of McAfee+ a new product line encompassing all new privacy and identity protections that enable users to confidently and securely live life online. Now available in Canada, the new McAfee+ product suite allows users access to identity restoration, as well as the ability to secure all their devices with award-winning protection against threats and viruses.
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As part of the new product line announcement, McAfee introduced protection for Chromebooks - making it the first leading security provider to fully support Chrome OS. Chrome OS users can now install and access McAfee capabilities on their Chromebooks including antivirus, VPN, safe browsing, and identity monitoring. With almost 30 million Chromebooks expected to ship globally by the end of 20221, this launch extends online protection to the millions of new and existing Chromebook users, including 50 million2 school-age children and educators.
According to McAfee’s 2022 Consumer Research, more than 80% of consumers in Canada are concerned that their identity is stolen from an online transaction, 79% are concerned that their financial information is compromised, and 76% are concerned that their information ends up on the dark web. Created to address growing consumer privacy and identity theft concerns and deliver comprehensive support and peace of mind, McAfee+ is available in Canada starting at CA $129.99/ first year.
McAfee+ was purpose-built to provide online protection that includes proactive monitoring of the dark web for personal information, and the integration of McAfee’s acclaimed antivirus products and Secure VPN.
"As the internet has become an increasing part of consumers’ daily lives there is growing concern about the amount of personal data that is accessible to bad actors and a lack of understanding about how to secure personal information," said Gagan Singh, Executive Vice President, Chief Product & Revenue Officer, McAfee. "McAfee+ is designed to deliver against those trends and threats, by helping users be more protected against identity breaches and supporting users with professional assistance if their identity is stolen."
"McAfee is in the business of protecting people, not just devices," said Greg Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, McAfee. "McAfee+ reflects that spirit by offering a simple, effortless way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your data. We are proud to introduce it to our product line-up so that more people can confidently experience life online."
McAfee+ Plans and Features
There are two McAfee+ plans available within the new product suite: Premium and Advanced, each with individual and family options.
McAfee+ Advanced includes:
Unlimited Secure VPN automatically connects to public Wi-Fi to protect online privacy and safeguard personal data while online banking, shopping, or browsing
Licensed Restoration Experts are available 24/7 to provide guidance on necessary actions to repair identity and credit issues
Lost Wallet Support with IDs, credit and debit card cancellation and replacement should a customer lose their purse or wallet
Identity Monitoring for up to 60 unique pieces of personal information on the dark web with timely alerts up to 10 months sooner than similar services
Password Manager secures accounts by generating and storing complex passwords and auto-filling information for faster logins across devices
Protection Score is an exclusive feature to McAfee, providing a holistic view of security strength through a rating of the customer’s current protection level and guidance to improve
Unlimited* Device Security to protect all the customer’s personal devices and the information on them from the latest threats with award-winning antivirus for operating systems including Windows, Chrome OS, Mac, Android and iOS
Chrome OS Support enables users to install and access McAfee capabilities on their Chromebooks such as antivirus, VPN, identity theft protection and more. McAfee is the first leading security provider to fully support Chrome OS
Parental Controls are included in McAfee+ family plans which help parents protect their kids from inappropriate online behavior, apps, and content, manage screen time, get location-based alerts, and help them build good digital habits
Award-winning antivirus to protect all the customer’s personal devices and the information on them from the latest threats
Web Protection to browse freely and safely avoiding risky downloads and websites
Firewall safeguards devices by blocking malicious traffic from gaining access to a home network
File Shredder for PC users prevents sensitive files from getting into the wrong hands by deleting them completely
Security Experts and Online Support with Virus Protection Pledge
McAfee+ Premium includes:
Unlimited Secure VPN
Unlimited* Device Security including Windows, Chrome OS, Mac, Android and iOS
Parental Controls are included in McAfee+ Premium Family
Security Experts and Online Support with Virus Protection Pledge
McAfee+ will be available to purchase online as individual and family plans at McAfee.com beginning today in Canada. Product features and availability may vary across markets. Availability in additional markets to be announced in the months ahead.
McAfee+ Premium: $129.99/individual, $149.99/family
McAfee+ Advanced: $179.95/individual, $199.99/family
McAfee Corp. is a global leader in online protection for consumers. Focused on protecting people, not just devices, McAfee’s consumer solutions adapt to users’ needs in an always online world, empowering them to live securely through integrated, intuitive solutions that protect their families and communities with the right security at the right moment. For more information, please visit https://www.mcafee.com.
1 Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/749890/worldwide-chromebook-unit-shipments/
2 Source: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/chromebooks-2022/
*This plan covers only household devices for personal, non-commercial use, and is subject to our fair use policy. Contact Customer Support for support adding devices.
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Pat McAfee is an absolute legend for belly flopping into the Tennessee River on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Who says sequels aren’t any good?
The existing member of ESPN’s College GameDay has been a tremendous caffeine boost for the pre-game show. Pat McAfee may be new in the college football world for some, but he is diving into it head first. While he did not do exactly that on Saturday in Knoxville, this absolute stallion decked out in checkered overalls turned a backflip into a belly flop into the cool Tennessee River.
McAfee’s SEC baptism in front of the Vol Navy was nothing short of absolutely majestic content.
Not that long ago, McAfee did a swan dive off a double-decker boat into the Brazos River when College GameDay was in Waco for Oklahoma at Baylor.
The world has never recovered and David Pollack has never been the same since…
How you doing? Keep it moving…
We all knew what he was capable of and that he was probably going to do it. McAfee is taking a seasonal break from WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown! to get us even more fired up on Saturdays. He treated the back of a boat like the top rope during Wrestlemania. With his former Indianapolis Colts teammate Peyton Manning as the guest picker, of course, he was backflipping into the river!
Admittedly, this comes with the territory regarding McAfee. He is always having more fun than you, and you’re just happy to be a part of it, whether he is on College GameDay, Smackdown! or his popular daily YouTube show. ESPN may be a Disney company, but Mickey Mouse made a great investment by adding the most interesting man in sports to its popular, but tired pre-game show.
Ultimately, McAfee’s addition was all about setting up College GameDay‘s future beyond the absolute legend that is Lee Corso. While he was thankfully back in Knoxville for the No. 3 Alabama at No. 6 Tennessee festivities, we may not be getting that many more fall Saturdays with L.C. In the meantime, we know for a fact McAfee will be bringing the energy daily and twice on Saturday.
This man is living the dumbest life possible and we could not be happier to watch him go and do it.
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Pat McAfee is known for his over the top style as a commentator in WWE, but the former top NFL punter has earned the reputation of being gracious as well. During an appearance on "Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw," Rip Rogers recalled the time he helped train McAfee, who was in a giving mood after receiving a big sponsorship deal.
"He was a natural," Rogers said. "He was phenomenal. He had the multimillion dollar leg, so he'd hit you with the big punt kick and that would've been the finish, but he got it right away. He just always wanted to be a pro wrestler. He said, 'What do you want for training?' I said, 'Whatever you think,' and let's just say last year he signed some big thing with the — anyway, to make a long story short, he gave all these employees a quarter of a million dollar bonus."
Rogers then reflected on the time McAfee kept hounding him to get a cash app so that he could supply him some money in an act of gratitude.
"He called me up, he goes, 'Hey, you got a cash app?' I said, 'What's that?' He says, 'on your phone or whatever, just get a cash app.' I said, 'Yeah, right.' So, he calls me back the next day, 'You didn't get a cash app.' I said, 'Okay, I don't need a cash app. Why do I want a cash app?' Anyway, I got a cash app and he sent me a bunch of money just to do it."
McAfee is currently off WWE TV to fulfill his duties on ESPN "College GameDay."
If you use any quotes from this article, please credit "Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw," with a H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
Pat McAfee broke it all down.
The eight-year Colts punter-turned-media star joined ESPN’s “Manningcast” with Eli and Peyton Manning during the Giants-Cowboys “Monday Night Football” game.
Given his background, McAfee was asked about Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead’s viral gaffe during the team’s 21-19 win over the Bills on Sunday.
Backed up all the way in his own end zone, Morstead’s punt slammed right into teammate Trent Sherfield’s butt and flew out of the end zone, resulting in a safety. Sherfield was serving as the personal protector in the punt formation on the play.
“The thing about it is this was a backed-up punt, so we’re talking a short amount of space for Thomas Morstead to get this punt off,” McAfee said. “All because he backs up, the personal protector, he’s supposed go forward, and instead, cheeks get clapped by a football in the end zone, in Miami, in 155 degree weather.
“But what a nightmare punt situation,” McAfee said. “They somehow still win. What a wild day to be a Dolphin fan for sure.”
After the play, toilet paper and flushable wipe companies Charmin and Dude Wipes poked fun at Sherfield, and where the ball smacked him, on social media, much to McAfee’s bemusement.
When asked if Morstead should be bearing some of that ridicule, however, McAfee’s inner-punter came out.
“It was [Sherfield’s fault],” McAfee said. “You can’t back up there. You can’t back up in that backed up situation. You’ve got to push forward… He was basically running his ass into that ball at the same time. Obviously, it’s not good, for anybody.”