Lots of people have recently taken to social media to share that they’ve received an unsolicited verification notification email from a company called Eversend. Unfamiliar with Eversend and worried about the email, many of these people have expressed their concerns. If you’ve also received one of these emails and you’re not sure why, keep on reading for the full lowdown.
What Is Eversend?
Founded in 2017 in Uganda, Eversend is a legitimate company. The company’s product — the Eversend app — is an all-in-one financial app that supports money transfers, currency exchange, stock trading, and more. The company primarily serves the African market.
Eversend Email Scam
Lots of the people who received an Eversend verification email assumed it was a scam — most likely similar to the many phishing scams we regularly report on. Below is a post one user made on the r/Scams subreddit.
Although unsure why they received this email, the user knew that it was highly unlikely that Eversend was directly involved. However, the same can’t be said for one Trustpilot user who took to the site to accuse Eversend of being directly responsible.
Eversend Scam — What Really Happened
As mentioned, Eversend is a legitimate company. It did not intentionally send anyone any unsolicited emails or attempt to create any unrequested accounts. Fortunately, the company clarified what caused the issue in a recent blog post.
Eversend explained that the emails were sent to people as a result of “an unidentified person’s attempt to register Eversend accounts using fraudulently obtained email addresses.” However, due to the company’s multi-step account creation process, no actual accounts were created.
Eversend apologized for any inconvenience caused but assured anyone affected that no harm has been done, other than receiving an unsolicited email. It is also actively working toward identifying the source of the fraudulent account creation attempts.
To those affected, the company recommends “reviewing email subscriptions, emptying spam folders, blocking spam account emails, and exercising caution when providing your email address on other websites.”
How to Protect Your Online Security and Privacy
In its blog post, Eversend stated that the unidentified person tried to create accounts using “a batch of emails they fraudulently obtained elsewhere.” Although we can’t know for sure at the moment, this person almost certainly procured these emails from either the dark web or an underground forum — the two places where stolen personal information is commonly sold and shared.
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