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Looking Out for Email Scams During the Holiday Season

Email scams are back in the news again this holiday season as many of them end up in company emails in the guise of real holiday shopping sites. CBS News recently reported on just how sophisticated these new email scams are in fooling companies. One of the reasons employees are so easily duped is because the emails look like real websites. Some people can’t tell the difference any more because so many of the emails use subtle changes that make them challenging to differentiate from actual online retailers. The holiday email scams this year are more abundant and threatening than years past, and…

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Is your company sending spam? How to keep your system from being utilized by spammers

Email spam certainly isn’t a new problem. Since the late 90s email spam has been flooding the inboxes of everyone from your grandmother to high-profile executives. It is, however, a persistent one, and the problems it presents can be multifaceted. When looking into spam prevention, there are a few things a company must consider in order to uphold their reputations and avoid their company getting a black mark on its reputation. 1. Prevent phishing scams One of the most common ways in which spammers harvest new email addresses is via phishing scams. These scams trick their victims into giving up their email’s…

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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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Google Study Reveals Continued Effectiveness of Email Scams

Despite all the warnings and ubiquitous nature of email scams, it appears far too many people are still being fooled by them. This information comes from a recent study from Google published by Huffington Post. In the report, statistics now show up to 45% of people have given private information to an email scam, primarily because the email looked a little too convincing. While you might think everyone can deduce an email scam based on public knowledge, many of those emails are becoming far too real looking to be seen as suspicious. Why are successful scam instances increasing? What steps…

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Email Security: Five Tips to Protect Yourself

E-mail can be a terrific form of communication for keeping in touch with family, friends, and business associates. However, using it unwisely may make you and your computer susceptible to spam, scams, and viruses. Here are five tips to avoid these problems: Utilize Security Software A decent security program with a firewall should be your first line of defense when using a PC. It should come as no surprise that comprehensive security programs are necessary to protect PCs against spam, viruses, worms, Trojans, etc. Even for email, security software can protect against the malicious software hiding in email attachments. Be Smart…

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Email Scams: The FBI Says Businesses Are Losing Millions from Being Duped

The worst type of email scam today is one that not only fools employees in companies, but also the executives. And that’s exactly what’s happening now, despite so many being aware of how dangerous email scams are. As the structure of many companies becomes increasingly more complex, more business dealings occur via email. With so many email scam artists creating emails that look legitimate, it becomes extra challenging trying to decipher what’s real and what isn’t. This is even more prevalent with companies dealing with international business deals. With so many email scams coming from foreign countries, a company dealing in international…

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Common Anti-Spam Filtering Techniques

Email spam has been a problem for almost twenty years and continues to plague us today. This problem would be far worse if we didn’t have anti-spam software. Two common filtering techniques for blocking email spam will be discussed below: List Filters The simplest anti-spam technique makes use of lists to either allow email into or block email from an inbox. A list of domains and email addresses that are known to be used for spam is called a blacklist. Additional email addresses can typically be added to the list by flagging a given email as spam. Blacklists can be defeated through…

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Be Aware Of IRS E-mail Scams This Tax Season

Tax season is upon us. While you are scrabbling around trying to add in those last-minute deductions and maximizing your return, don’t forget to keep your information safe. Tax season is also a prime season for those who like to prey on the public’s vulnerability. Every year, thousands fall victim to a malicious e-mail scam that targets people’s private information in regards to their taxes. How The Scammers Get Their Foot In The Door  Most people know not to open e-mails they receive from sources that look fishy to them. However, the scammers can get around this by posing as though they…

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