Saturday, August 08, 2020

Spam Indicators

Spam is here to stay.  And spammers become more sophisticated as they grow up wink.

So what are some quick indicators used to identify spam?

First of all, is this something you requested from someone?  Take a look at the return address, see if it matches up.  HOVER your mouse over any links in the email.  Do NOT click on them.  Do NOT open to view in a browser.  See if they match up with the subject and/or sender. 

 

If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, another way to check is to go ahead and move the email to your junk folder, then review it.  As you can see, links are disabled but still visible. 

(The above example is probably someone's email account that was hacked.  The scammer/spammer is using this account to send their junk emails.)

If you can preview the email before you open it, look for the nonsensical flow of letters.  This is an indicator that it is spam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look for email addresses with the same domain name.

     

This is a domain set up for spamming by spammers or else a compromised domain. 

Remember - if it looks too good to be true - it probably is.  If you have any doubts, let BSCANS check it out for you.

And NEVER open an attachment unless you are sure what it is.