SPAM! – Demands and Requests, 2 Simple Rules.
Before about 20 years ago, SPAM to me was a lovable pork-based tinned meat. If you’ve never tried it, then add it to your bucket list but probably nearer the bottom. Since then, SPAM has become a global monster with no boundaries affecting almost everyone.
Most of us probably take for granted the blocks and filters that operate in our workplaces, so we never see the effort that the pesky infiltrators go to, to get our attention and hoodwink us into accidentally installing a virus, adware or malware. Most of us are probably well versed in detecting and deflecting SPAM, however changing jobs or companies thus IT control structures can catch us off guard. Also the elderly and less IT-savvy are targeted more often, so awareness between friends and family is important.
15 Real Phishing SPAM Attempts
At Miranex we’re lucky to have a very good SPAM filter but occasionally one gets through marked as SPAM so we have the pleasure of seeing what arrives to our inbox. It’s occasionally impressive how imaginative some of the plots are to persuade us to conduct a certain action. Here are a few of the more convincing reasons that nearly caught me out, all involving attachments:
- Invoice attached to the email (but I haven’t ordered anything, better check)
- Invoice incorrect asking for a correction
- Purchase order mistake
- Credit note (everyone likes free money)
- Refund notification (everyone likes free money)
- Bank details to be amended in document
- Delivery failure notification (why can’t they just deliver it!)
- Delivery note (whose ordered this!?)
- Delivery refused (but WHY!)
- Court Injunction (they’ve finally caught me!)
- Custom and Excise/Import duty
- Previous email correspondence attached
- Sensitive photos of staff
- Voicemail from important client
- Flight cancelled
SPAM What you Should Not Do!
Irrespective of the reason or explanation given in the email, in my experience the SPAMmers are always trying to get you to do one thing; open the attachment or click the link.
In recent years many Yahoo! email accounts were attacked, and spam emails sent from the hacked account to the entire inbox of the victim, so we can never be sure of the authenticity of the email.
SPAM How to Recognise
If you’re suspicious of the email being SPAM, I follow these two simple rules:
- Are you 100% sure where the email is from?
- Does the email ask you to do anything?
See the below flow diagrams for appropriate actions.
For all cases, it’s important to have suitably sufficient anti-virus software installed which is kept up to date. New viruses and scams are released daily so this is important.
Miranex uses Enterprise grade anti-virus software on all of our systems and remote desktops. We duplicate all data and back-up regularly to multiple platforms in different locations. Be safe.
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