Email scams are a new reality thanks to the internet. Email spammers have access to lists of email addresses and IDs and can cover millions of subscribers online with a single click of a mouse. World lists to registered Internet domains can be included because the law of probability states that they would strike lucky and get the right email address by default. Handful of replies from gullible victims is enough to fuel an online fraud.

Option to unsubscribe creates a further opportunity for the spammer to double-check that he/she has reached a valid email account with a person at the other end. Replying to such emails will only trigger more scam. Phishing is one of the most common spam scams in the internet world. Common scam claims saying they are from your bank or credit company will ask for your account details and PIN. Should you choose to part with any sensitive information, it will be used to access your account and get the cash.

What You Can Do

Don’t open emails from people you do not know. Delete these emails from your inbox and empty the trash can. Never open an email that is not specifically addressed to you. Don’t fall for the online fraud which promises benefits you never asked for, or a prize at a contest you never applied for. Spam can be used for generating spyware that can store not only your personal information, but save your keystrokes as well.

Unscrupulous online fraud revolves around using all sorts of plausible stories to reach out to the victim and convince him/her to part with money or sensitive personal data.

What Spammers Are Doing

Now, spammers are moving on to social networking sites like FB and other social media channels. Email spam has declined because junk emails are now blocked and addresses used by spammers have been blacklisted. But spammers have started using botnets or innocent computers in a network, making their victims unwilling participants in the crime as well. Online fraud has become sophisticated.

Spammers get a huge amount of addresses to evade filters, buying over thousands of domain names for just one scam. Online frauds and dubious registrations are still ongoing. Most offices think they have reliable web hosting and robust networks, But police agencies are aware that fraudsters are always a step ahead.

Junk mail, fraud and forgery are on the rise. Sending emails on a mass scale is proving to be noticeable in recent times. Old style spamming is the online fraud which is most prevalent. Rather than tricking people to part with the money, they steal it. Online frauds use trojan software that search ad collect bank details from the hard drive. These scams are the most dangerous and the Trojan is often transmitted through an innocuous link in an email.

Trust is easy currency on social media sites and links to Twitter messages were more likely to contain spam than any other form of communication, according to studies. This makes social media a deadly place where spammers can easily strike. So, take care to install anti virus programs and scan your devices regularly apart from being alert to avoid becoming a victim of online fraud, in the real world.

 

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