Spam emails hiding phishing attempts

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Phishing is an issue that has long been a problem, along with spam emails. Now it seems that cyber criminals have tied the two together, and so there is a new threat you will need to look out for. Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading network and security professionals. From cloud backup to secure remote access, we can provide a range of specialized network solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you identify phishing attempts that are disguised as spam emails.

What do you need to know about spam emails hiding phishing attempts?

Spam emails are a common nuisance for individuals and companies and businesses alike. And some cyber criminals are banking on the fact that all of your spam messages are sent to the spam folder, without you ever really paying attention. This has paved the way for a new type of phishing scam. So what happens?

  • Quarantined spam- the first thing that will happen is that you will get a new message informing you that there a number of different spam emails that have been quarantined for you to look at. The email will list some realistic and plausible subject lines and email addresses in a list, and provide three options for you to get address these spam emails collectively, saving you time and effort. While this would be beneficial, it is in fact a scam.
  • Buttons are links- the buttons assigned to each option in the email for you to respond to the quarantined spam are links, and when these are selected you will be directed to a login screen for your web email service, which will service timeout. This then prompts unsuspecting members of staff to enter their login details, which the attackers can then steal.

How to spot this type of scam

To spot this type of email and respond appropriately there are a couple of things to look out for. These are:

  • Check the email address- one of the easiest ways to identify a malicious email is to check out the email address. If this notification email was real, it would come from the mail server itself, and so have the same domain as your email address.
  • Hover over the link- instead of clicking on the links you can hover your curser over them, if you are on a laptop or desktop, and this will show you the website address for where each link will lead. For most of these emails the links will direct you to the same place, and this should be suspicious to you already. In addition, the website addresses themselves should be the same domain as your email address, and if they are not, its clear to identify the phishing scam.

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