Spam scams and phishing

Or how to avoid trouble


One of the dangers of spam is that they could contain a computer virus. Usually you are safe if you just delete the spam, without opening any pictures or other links. The use of an anti-virus program, like AVG, set to detect e-mail viruses will ensure that you safely delete the spam.

Unsolicited offers

Spam tends to fall into a limited number of categories:


The term phishing refers to attempts to get hold of your bank details.

The bottom line is that if an e-mail looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is!


Or, instead of a virus, the sender could be trying to get a spyware program onto your computer. Spyware is a type of program that reports back to its sender details about the data on your computer and what you are doing on it. Do not click on links in an email unless you know who it's from.

Such links can redirect your surfing via a premium telephone link.

Or; the spyware program is intended to let its operator use your computer to send out yet more spam.

Click here to see the text of two actual email scams received 5/1/2009.

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