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How to prevent Spam email and scams?

Published on 05 November 14
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Email is an excellent communication tool on the same it is way by which companies inform you about their latest products and services. However it can become annoying it delivers unwanted material that may cause malicious activities on your computer.

These includes following:

Spam (or Junk) email

  • You always need to be alert when you receive or you respond to emails
  • You must switched on spam filters is in order to minimize the risks.

There are vast variety of email messages that are sent can be junk and spam. Some examples are:

  • Advertisements of online pharmacies, pornography, dating, gambling.
  • Work from home schemes or that say become rich quickly.
  • Hoax virus warnings.
  • Hoax charity appeals.
  • Chain of emails for Good luck that encourage you to forward them to multiple contacts.

How does spammer obtain your email address?

· With the use of automated software they generate addresses.

· They encourage peoples to fill their details on fraudulent websites.

· They hack into legitimate websites for gathering usersâ details.

· They Buy email lists from other spammers.

· They give invitations to people to click through fraudulent websites as spam email cancellation services.

When anyone replies to these spam emails then the spammers get confirmed that these email address exists.

How to spot these spam messages?

The spam email will features below mentioned warning signs:


· There is no name of the sender or address of them.

· They may contain misspellings (for example âp0rnâ with a zero) that are designed for fooling the spam filters.

· Makes offers to make it seem that they are true.

· The subject line and contents will not match.

· They may contain urgent offer end date (for example Buy now and get 50- 70% off).

· They may contain requests to forward an email for multiple people that offer money and so.

· Contains warning of virus.

· May contain attachments that include .exe files.

Risks

· These may contain viruses and spyware.

· They may lead to online fraud, such as phishing

· May contain unwanted emails that contain offensive images.

· Manual filtration and deletion is time consuming.

· It takes space in your inbox.

How to prevent Spam email and scams? - Image 1

Email Scams

Scams are delivered in the form of spam emails which are designed to trick you from disclosing information that leads to defrauding or stealing your identity.

Phishing of emails

Phishing is a scam where the cyber criminals send emails to thousands of peoples. These emails pretend to come from banks, online shops, credit card companies and auction sites as well as other un-trusted sites. To make your email free from these phishing you need to always update your password to avoid your account being suspended to anyone.

To make your emails safely you need to:

  • Refrain from opening emails that you suspect as being spam.
  • You should not forward emails that are suspected to be spam.
  • You should not open attachments that are from unknown sources.
  • Refrain from clicking on links in emails that are from unknown sources.
  • You should not respond to emails that come from unknown sources.
  • Refrain from purchases or charity donations via spam emails.
  • You should not âremoveâ or reply to unwanted email.
  • You must check regularly your email folders for legitimate email that may get inside your system by mistake.

Email is an excellent communication tool on the same it is way by which companies inform you about their latest products and services. However it can become annoying it delivers unwanted material that may cause malicious activities on your computer.

These includes following:

Spam (or Junk) email

  • You always need to be alert when you receive or you respond to emails
  • You must switched on spam filters is in order to minimize the risks.


There are vast variety of email messages that are sent can be junk and spam. Some examples are:

  • Advertisements of online pharmacies, pornography, dating, gambling.
  • Work from home schemes or that say become rich quickly.
  • Hoax virus warnings.
  • Hoax charity appeals.
  • Chain of emails for Good luck that encourage you to forward them to multiple contacts.


How does spammer obtain your email address?

· With the use of automated software they generate addresses.

· They encourage peoples to fill their details on fraudulent websites.

· They hack into legitimate websites for gathering usersâ details.

· They Buy email lists from other spammers.

· They give invitations to people to click through fraudulent websites as spam email cancellation services.

When anyone replies to these spam emails then the spammers get confirmed that these email address exists.

How to spot these spam messages?

The spam email will features below mentioned warning signs:

· There is no name of the sender or address of them.

· They may contain misspellings (for example âp0rnâ with a zero) that are designed for fooling the spam filters.

· Makes offers to make it seem that they are true.

· The subject line and contents will not match.

· They may contain urgent offer end date (for example Buy now and get 50- 70% off).

· They may contain requests to forward an email for multiple people that offer money and so.

· Contains warning of virus.

· May contain attachments that include .exe files.

Risks

· These may contain viruses and spyware.

· They may lead to online fraud, such as phishing

· May contain unwanted emails that contain offensive images.

· Manual filtration and deletion is time consuming.

· It takes space in your inbox.

How to prevent Spam email and scams? - Image 1

Email Scams

Scams are delivered in the form of spam emails which are designed to trick you from disclosing information that leads to defrauding or stealing your identity.

Phishing of emails

Phishing is a scam where the cyber criminals send emails to thousands of peoples. These emails pretend to come from banks, online shops, credit card companies and auction sites as well as other un-trusted sites. To make your email free from these phishing you need to always update your password to avoid your account being suspended to anyone.

To make your emails safely you need to:

  • Refrain from opening emails that you suspect as being spam.
  • You should not forward emails that are suspected to be spam.
  • You should not open attachments that are from unknown sources.
  • Refrain from clicking on links in emails that are from unknown sources.
  • You should not respond to emails that come from unknown sources.
  • Refrain from purchases or charity donations via spam emails.
  • You should not âremoveâ or reply to unwanted email.
  • You must check regularly your email folders for legitimate email that may get inside your system by mistake.


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