There has been SPAM for almost as long as there has been email. But in the beginning, SPAM was nothing more than an email you didn’t care about from someone you didn’t know. Today, SPAM is considerably more malicious and considerably more clever and hard to spot. And the goal isn’t simply to trick you, it is to steal from you. Tactics vary, from getting you to install (or surreptitiously installing) virus or spyware programs to getting you to divulge User IDs and Passwords or to provide payment account information.
Once the thieves have your information, they can use it to make fraudulent purchases, withdraw money from your accounts, or even steal your identity. Thus, it is more important than ever that you approach your email inbox with care, and be extra vigilant before clicking links, opening attachments, or even replying.
We put this video together to help you identify malicious email. It provides examples of common types of email fraud as well as examples of some harder to spot scams, and provides tips for how check whether an email is what it appears to be.