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On this page I will post images of recent spam messages that I (or my customers) have received so you can quickly check to see if genuine, and I will also add notes on how to recognize it as spam

 

I also suggest you read this page which has a lot more information on recognizing fake (phishing) emails

 

If you receive any email messages you are not sure about then please forward them on to me and I will happily check them and let you know if genuine or spam

 

 

spam_example1

 

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If you look at the email address it has been sent from you can quickly see something odd, i.e. that it has not even been sent from BT, it has been sent from an email address at Cardiff University

2

If you hover (don't click) the mouse pointer over the link in the email it will show you what website it is linking too - in this case you can see that it is not going to the BT website but to a bogus website which in this case contains a virus which would infect your computer if you had clicked the link

 

 

spam_example2

 

1

Messages such as the one above can be easy to recognize as not genuine as firstly the email address it has been sent from is a gmail email address and not directly from Facebook

2

Secondly the content of the email - Facebook do not run a lottery so you haven't won it, and also if you haven't entered something how can you win it? there are a lot of similar emails to this about winning money or being entitled to money, but they are not genuine

 

 

spam_example3

 

1

If you look at the email address it has been sent from you can quickly see something odd, i.e. that it has not even been sent from BT, it has been sent from a personal AOL email address

 

 

spam_example4

 

1

If you look at the email address it has been sent from you can quickly see something odd, i.e. that it has not been sent from Barclays but from an oddly named email address

2

If you hover (don't click) the mouse pointer over the link in the email it will show you what website it is linking too - in this case you can see that it is not going to the Barclays website but to a website in Korea (.kr) which in this case contains a virus which would infect your computer if you had clicked the link

 

 

spam_example5a

 

spam_example5b

 

1

These two messages are quite similar - firstly coming from an email address you don't recognize, but often in the case of a business spoofing your company/business domain name as part of the email address

2

They both contain a word document attachment - this document contains a word macro virus and if opened will infect your computer - NEVER open any attachment from an address you don't recognize or from an email that you are not expecting