Can you spot a spam email when they arrive in your inbox? Knowing how to spot a spam message is important for the security of your email account, computer, mobile device and your personal information. They’re usually disguised as well-known companies to steal your information. These emails are also called “spoofs” “phishing” or “hoax” scams.
Spoofed emails usually contain a fake email address in the FROM: line. In this particular example, the fake email address is email@example.com. Some look real but study them carefully to ensure they’re legitimate.
Many Spoof emails will begin with a general greeting such as "Welcome User" or “Dear Sir/Madam.”
Spoofed emails often make claims that you won or are receiving money that you didn’t work for or even signed up for a contest.
Claims like “To claim your prize, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link below” are there to trick you into giving your information away. A link to an unknown Web-site can corrupt your system into giving them access to your information without your knowledge. Before clicking on a link hover over the link and observe the url. If the website address doesn’t look legitimate, don’t click on it.
Spoofed emails often have many recipients but you won’t see them because they are listed in the BCC field. Recipients in the TO: field will appear blank.
Spoofed emails often have subject lines that grab your attention yet provide information of no real value.
If you have any doubt of the authenticity of an email, the golden rule to remember is utilize all your Mail2World spam features. Tools such as the block and delete button, creating filters for known spam email addresses, and reporting frequent spammers will help you combat the amount of spam you receive. You can report spamming email addresses to email@example.com.
Happy emailing everyone!