Over the years email scams have evolved. What was once an email from an overseas prince wanting to give you his inheritance, has now become a much more stealthy approach to scamming people through email messages.
WAYS TO DETECT AN EMAIL SCAM
Know that any email that asks for your credit card info or passwords is not going to be from a reputable source.
Some emails may look like they are from one of the companies that you deal with, BUT, if the email address it originated from does not look right, chances are it is not legit.
Spammers are capable of making it appear as though emails are originating from companies you normally work with, so even if the email matches a close colleague, if the content of the email is a little suspicious, consider asking them for confirmation that the email is indeed from them before opening any links or attachments.
Avoid opening attachments that you weren’t expecting to receive. Never run an .exe program, or open a .zip or .rar file without being absolutely sure it can be trusted.
Hover your mouse pointer over any links or buttons within the email. The destination of that link should display somewhere on screen, within a small box. If the button says Paypal on it, but the destination is something like, “http://www.3d2H35H23.biz/a3Gn3WW,” then the site it takes you too, no matter how convincing it may look, isn’t Paypal.
HOW TO DEAL WITH A SUSPICIOUS EMAIL
If you are unsure about an email that you have received, it is best to “GOOGLE” the company that sent it to you, then search on their website for their contact info and call them to see if they did indeed send you the email. If you know that the message is a scam email, it is best not to open it and instead mark it as SPAM immediately.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE OPENED AN INFECTED EMAIL
If there is a chance that you or someone with access to your email has opened an message that is not from a legitimate source you should follow these steps.
• Close your email program right away
• Run your virus detection software on the “FULL SYSTEM SCAN” setting
• Then update your anti-virus definition updates and then run your anti-virus software once again
If your computer still seems to be lagging or you begin to see glitches or pop-ups, that is an indication that the email virus had spread before you were able to clean your hard drive. At that point it is best to contact a Professional IT Company and have them check your computer. The quicker you do this the better your chances are of recovering and protecting your data.