Spam emails and scam emails are two different things. One is annoying but relatively harmless, while the other is trying to steal sensitive information, spread malware, or extort money.
Spam clogs up your inbox and can be for distasteful products or porn. However, spam is essentially harmless.
You may receive an email that appears to be from your bank notifying you of an urgent matter you don’t know about. It could look like a UPS or FedEx tracking link with details for a package that you don’t remember expecting. But hold up before you click! It could be a phishing scam.
Fraudsters use email in several ways. One way is to point you to a fake website posing as a legitimate one, like your online bank account. When you attempt to log into that site, they get your username and password!
Another common tactic for scammers is to use email to trick you into installing malware. Clicking an attachment can execute a malicious script that could hack your computer system, execute ransomware, or send scam messages to everyone in your contact list.
The most low tech scams may inform you that you have won a large sweepstakes prize and need to call a special phone number to claim it. Whatever form it takes, delete it and protect yourself from future scams.
Steps To Protect Yourself From Scam Emails
These tips can help you to avoid becoming a victim of a scam, and will also reduce annoying spam.
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