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How to Recognize Spam Senders

spam sendersSpam senders could easily invade your email inbox, sometimes causing you to miss out on the more important messages. Although emails are usually able to detect spam messages, some of them are able to go through the barriers that are set, eventually showing up in your inbox just the same. Worse, some spam senders could automatically prompt your account to send out similar emails without you knowing it, especially if you open the message or click on any of the links that come with it by mistake.

The ability to recognize spam senders then becomes crucial to avoid compromising your account and to keep the messages from spreading. Here are a few things you have to watch out for to avoid them:

The Sender

It is sometimes easy to detect spam from the name of the sender that shows up on your inbox. Look for the following details:

People or business names you don’t recognize.

Once you see an email that comes from someone you don’t know, there is a big possibility that this is spam. If the name does not seem familiar to you, try to recall people or businesses you may have dealt with in the past and think of possible reasons for them to try to contact you. If you do not recall any of them having similar names as the ones showing up on your email, mark the message and report it as spam. If this is legitimate and the message is important, they would probably try to contact you some other way or send you another message with a clearer subject line.

Names or addresses that seem familiar but are slightly different than the original.

Take note of the small details in the sender’s name. If you know for a fact that your friend’s email address ends with a ‘.com’ but the message comes in with the same user ID but with a ‘.net’ in the end, then this is probably spam.

The Subject

The subject lines also play an important role in figuring out which messages are spam, and which of them are legitimate. Look out for:

Inappropriate or explicit subject lines.

Some emails have subject lines that would make any decent person blush. Obviously, these are spam.

Extravagant offers or claims.

Some emails would tell you that you have just won billions of dollars in the lottery, or would tell you that you are eligible for a free trip around the world. Unless you really did join a raffle that offers the same thing and the sender really is the company where you signed up for the raffle, then this is definitely spam. Spam mails would often play on your excitement first, so think before you click no matter how enticing the offer may be.

Offers about pharmaceuticals drugs, luxury products, or anything similar.

You have probably received an email or two offering huge discounts on medication and other products. If you did not sign up for any mail catalogs and these just ended up in your inbox out of nowhere, then be wary of these messages.

In avoiding spam senders, the rules are usually easy. Just think before you click, and you’ll be safe. How about you? What are your tried-and-tested methods of avoiding spam? Share below!

What are the Disadvantages of Hard Disk Backup?

If you are one of those people who frequently use their emails to communicate with others or to subscribe to blogs, you’d agree that every once in a while, you get those messages which you do not know the origins of and maybe once or twice you’ve opened this only to be met by spam. If these emails find themselves in your inbox or spam folders, it would be wise to avoid opening them because you do not know who or where they are from.

What is the Nigerian Prince Email Scam?

disadvantages of hard disk backup

There are Nigerian scammers who take advantage of gullible email users by promising them a sum of money in exchange for helping them out with the proceedings of a deal. If you ever get unsolicited email or anything at all that promises you money for services, stay away and discard the said email.

These scams, when replied to, will explain more things to you as you go along and will then ask you for advanced fees before you proceed. The moment you are asked for money, you can be sure that this email is a scam. The Nigerian prince scam in particular would say they are a member of the royal family and they need help transferring large amounts of money out of the country. When you think about it, why would members of any royal family approach a stranger – through email, to help them with their funds transfers? That alone will make you wary of this deal.

Negative Results from Email Scams

One of the disadvantages of hard disk backup is that email scams and other computer viruses target your hard disk for information. Those who fall into the trap of email scams may be subjected to identity theft and loss of information. If your hard disk has valuable information, you must be more particular about how you choose to proceed so as to avoid information loss, or worse, identity theft.

Some email scams come with malware and some work right when you open the email or click on a link indicated in it. Make sure you always update your antivirus protection, or if possible, have an email security protection software to help you protect your information. Loss of personal information, files, and even money has been known to happen when third parties have access to your email and personal information which is why securing your email and device with the right tools and software can help you out.

The damages from email scams can be irreparable especially when your backup files are all in your hard disk and some malware gets to it. Once they have the digital information you are saving, they can even use it against you and it will negatively impact your work performance or reliability to your clients. Be mindful when opening emails and practice constant vigilance when it comes to whose emails you read and decide to correspond with. This way, you can help ensure the protection of your files.

Have you ever seen a scam email in your inbox? We’d like to learn more about your experience, so please comment on this post for further discussion.