The latest spams that are so annoying have been the wave of spam purporting to be from Facebook. How stupid do these spammers think we are?
Unfortunately they probably claim some victims every now and then, otherwise they would have quitted by now.
I'll post a few screenshots up so that anyone who isn't tech or internet savvy can have a point of reference. I love the idea of foiling those stupid scammers by posting this up. Anyway, if you get any of these, do NOT click on them. Delete them immediately.
|Do NOT open the attachments - it is most likely a virus/malware/spyware or something malicious.|
How can you identify between a real email and a fake one?
It's getting hard to determine between a real one and a scam because the spammers and scammers are getting intelligent.
- Don't open up attachments that are from unknown source.
- Delete emails from anyone that you don't recognise or you're not expecting.
- If there's a link that's embedded in the email, hover your mouse over the link (do NOT click on it!) and you'll see whether the link that is on your email is the same or differs from the link that is actually embedded (see the images that I've provided).
It compels the user to click quickly to 'activate' the virus checker but instead this activates the virus/malware. I find that if that happens, I kill the pop up and run the virus checking software immediately from the task bar section of the PC (the virus checking icon is usually near your clock on the bottom, right hand side corner of your screen).