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You Got Phished and Took the Bait: Now What?

There are a number of email scams out there, ranging from emotional appeals from Nigerian royalty to notifications that you just won the lottery in London – even though you’ve never purchased or made an entry. Fortunately, greater education, awareness and suspicion of these types of email scam messages have helped protect a number of SPAM recipients. While many of these Internet email scams are just digitally updated con games that have been around since before the first World War, the con artists are getting smarter and attempting to work around your suspicions by taking the wolf in sheep’s clothing…

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Understanding the Different Types of Spam

There are many different types of spam and it is important that you understand the different types in order to better protect yourself from it. If you aren’t familiar with all of the ways spam is delivered, take a look at the different types below. The more you know about spam, the better you will be able to protect yourself from it. Spam in Emails Spam in email is something which we’re quite knowledgeable about. Just about everyone is familiar with the email spam and if you haven’t been subjected to it, then you are one of the lucky ones. These emails…

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Tools and Standards for Email Scam Mitigation

You put server infrastructure in place to operate in today’s online world. You upgrade your server concept to colocation with a service like Global IP Networks in order to have access to more capacity and a higher standard than you have the IT department or budget to manage on your own. That addresses server availability, but that’s only one step in securing your IT infrastructure. Your domain also must avoid the reputation as a conduit for spam or scam emails. Global IP Networks helps with that. We do not host pornography, gambling or other high risk sites which can be security concerns and…

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The Latest E-Mail Scams Target CEOs and Cost Businesses Billions

It seems you’re always reading about a new email scam every week that fools office employees. Some of those, however, have a lot of clues now that indicate they’re phishing scams. In that regard, employees are a little more on guard on catching email scams while working. Yet, the creators of those emails are always finding new ways to evolve their dirty work so it keeps fooling more people. One of the most recent email scams targets CEOs rather than employees. You can see the devious nature of this type of email based on the idea that it doesn’t use the typical…

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Statistics Show Businesses Don’t Really Know What to Look for in an Email Scam

Email scams continue to plague businesses no thanks to most of those emails looking far too convincing. While it’s true that many fake emails look like they’re from official sources, statistics keep reminding us that personnel in businesses still can’t tell any difference. Recently, McAfee did a study showing only 3% of those surveyed correctly identified an email scam. This means 97% of all businesses will likely be fooled this year once again. The implications of the above are sobering, yet you still have some clues available to help you scope out the fakes. Your best bet is just being circumspect about all…

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Spoofing: What It Is And How It’s Used In An Email Scam

Email spoofing is the use of a fake sender address in an email message. It is used by email scammers to hide the origin of their message. By modifying the “from”, “reply” and “return path” fields of the email header, they can make the email appear to be from someone else. This is easy to do because SMTP protocol, which is commonly used in email, does not have authentication. The use of a counterfeit email address goes beyond merely hiding the identity of the sender. It is often used to perpetrate an email scam, where the sender assumes the identity of a…

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Spam E-Mail: A Drain On The Economy

The average e-mail user knows the feeling of excitement when they discover they have an inbox of legitimate emails waiting for them. This feeling often evaporates and becomes disappointment when it is realized that the e-mail is nothing more than spam. It happens to virtually every e-mail user at some point or another. The feeling is both annoying and the spam is a drain on economic resources. The Three Main Costs Of Spam E-mail One might wonder how spam e-mail could really be that big of a drain on the economy. Most of us probably think that the cost would be…

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Know the signs of an email scam

Each year, well-intentioned Americans report losing billions of dollars to email scams. Some blame naivety or just plain ignorance, but the reality is that while computer users are warned to look out for scams, most never learn what to look for to identify the difference between legitimate email and something malicious. Here are some easy to spot warning signs that the message in your inbox should be erased. In the Message Header The message header of an email contains information regarding where the message is coming from, where it is going, and other qualifying information such as it’s total file size and timezone….

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How To Recognize An Email Scam

Con-artists have been around long before email. When email became a reality, the con-artists became very happy. Email meant less work, and higher payoffs for their scams. Many of the scams used via email were used before email began.It seems people will always have a tendency to “fall” for them. These are the most common email scams: Offers of “guaranteed” loans. These are often “phishing” scams. The objective of the crooks is to get your private information. After doing so, they will most like take out multiple loans under your name. You will find your credit in the mud in a…

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Hidden Hazards of Spam And What You Can Do About Them

Spam has been a big problem ever since the early days of email and other online communication, but it carries more than a simple annoyance. Many people simply view spam as a time-consuming problem to delete out of their inboxes each day. Email filters can help, but they frequently fail to completely squash the problem. Spam emails also now carry plenty of hidden hazards, including spyware, backdoor viruses or adware that attaches itself to the operating system registry and is therefore extremely difficult to remove. Some further information about curbing the spam problem will help you avoid these more serious issues….

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