Spam e-mail is something we all hate, that much is a fact. However, it isn’t always obvious that an e-mail is fake, and sometimes you have to know what you’re looking for. Below is a photo of a real spam e-mail I just found in my spam folder a few minutes ago, that, at first glance “looks” pretty legitimate. Below are some things to look out for when going through your e-mails:
— Obviously bad grammar and spelling
— “From” address displayed in your Inbox view doesn’t match the “From” address displayed when you open the e-mail.
— Hyperlinks say one thing, but actually point you to another site.
— E-mails that ask you to “verify your information”, for a service that have already done so with.
— E-mails that ask you for your password. If the e-mail is really from the people who own your account, they have administrative access to their own servers, and would not need your password to gain access to your account.
Be very conscious of the websites you visit when you click a link as well. One time I got an e-mail that looked very legitimate from ebay asking me to change my password because it had expired since I hadn’t logged in for a year. That seemed fine, and I clicked a link and was about to click “Submit”, when I noticed I was on “ebay.net” instead of “ebay.com“. I e-went to ebay.com, e-mailed their complaints dept. and sure enough, it was a phishing attack that almost worked on me. It’s a dangerous world out there everybody, watch your backs and be careful what you click on. 🙂