Identifying Spam and “Phishing”.

August 31, 2012

These days, Spammers are creating email accounts and websites with official looking logos. These fake websites are just waiting to steal any credentials that they can get their hands on.

Look for links within the email. If it is a well respected or highly used company, they will tell you to log into your account, not click a link on something.

Banks, eBay, PayPal, and other companies make it very clear that they will NEVER ask you for personal information over email. It’s always best to go to the official website and call customer service. Never use the number provided in the spam email for customer service!

These types of emails are called “phishing”. Amazon has recently had flood of emails coming in about “phishing” emails. Often the fake email contains a link to a website that looks like Amazon, but is in fact a scam. These “phishing” emails try to steal your Amazon username and password or try to install software onto your computer to steal your personal information. The messages often include attachments, which they say are your invoice, but are in fact spyware.

Legitimate senders use spellcheck. This also includes STrange CAPitalization. Poor sentence structure is also a warning sign.

Unless you’ve submitted your email address to a list of charitable causes, no one is going to email you out of nowhere asking for help.

I can’t stress this enough- IT IS! Apple does not give away free iPads if you click a link. There is no prince that passed away leaving you millions of dollars.

Another popular one that our customers see is an email notification to renew their domain.

If an email seems suspicious, it’s best to mark it as spam. Never reply to the email. You can also talk to your internet service provider to report the email.