Data Leak Scams

Cybercriminals love to create scams on data leaks! And when there is a data leak there was a cybercriminal most likely behind it. When a data leak occurs cybercriminals are able to obtain personal data such as usernames, passwords, addresses, birthday, etc.

Duolingo has been the latest announced data leak. It’s a program that allows people to learn other languages. In this data leak, 2.6 million users names and email addresses were stolen.

Cybercriminals are able to play on data leaks to send fake emails claiming to be Duolingo. We can expect many scams revolving around this subject in the next couple weeks. These scams could look like a fake Duolingo email asking you to change your email or password. They could alter these emails to include your leaked information to make their phishing emails seem more real.


  • Remember this could happen with any company or any data leak and does not just revolve around Duolingo.
  • Think before you click! Always hover over links and think about red flags when you get sent an email. Make sure you take into account the time the email is sent at, the sender, where the links are going, etc.

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