INBOX OVERLOAD - How to Stop Spam Texts and Emails
Everyone who’s ever had an email account knows what it’s like to open an inbox flooded with junk email. It can be overwhelming. The sheer volume of these bulk email blasts is annoying enough. But junk email and texts, also known as spam, often come from an unknown sender or an imposter pretending to be a trusted source. Spam is not just inbox clutter. It is a threat to your cyber security. The FTC https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ articles/ how-recognize-and-report -spam-text-messages warns that spam is often the work of a cybercriminal trying to steal your personal information.
Spam Messages Can be Lures For Launching Cyberattacks
Cybercriminals have many nefarious approaches to using spam. Here are a few examples:
- Warning Messages – the spam texts or emails use various methods to prompt action:
- “There’s a problem with your payment information.” In this instance, the cyber thief might impersonate a trusted source such as your bank or a website from which you make online purchases
- “We’ve noticed some suspicious activity on your account.” The sender might pretend to be your bank or a merchant with which you regularly do business, such as Amazon. Nobody likes “suspicious activity,” and this warning is designed to get your attention.
- “Delivery Notification: We’ve had a problem with your delivery. Please update your address information.” Who wants to miss a delivery? An unsuspecting target might easily be willing to confirm their address.
- “INVOICE – Please Pay Immediately!” – a demand for payment is a real attention-getter. However, if you don’t remember owing payment, don’t be too quick to click!
- “Your Account is About to be Terminated!” – If your initial reaction is “That’s impossible,” you’re probably right. So don’t click!
- Special Offers to Lure Your Attention – Nobody wants to miss out on a free offer or a special deal. This type of spam might be disguised as:
- An offer for a low or no-interest credit card
- A prize you’ve been awarded, such as a gift card or cash
- An offer to pay off your mortgage or student loan
How to Stop Spam Emails and Texts
- Resist the Urge to Reply – The good scammers can make spam very tempting. The safest practice is to not engage in any way.
- Don’t Unsubscribe – An “Unsubscribe” option can itself be a launch point for malware.
- Use a Separate Email Account – If you make a high volume of online purchases, you might want to use a separate email account that isn’t linked in any way to bank accounts or other personal data.
- Do Not Reveal Your Address Online – This is a standard operating procedure. Don’t do it.
- Don’t Buy Anything From a Possible Spammer – There are many reputable and secure online vendors. Make it a practice for you to find them, not the other way around.
- Avoid Opening Unsolicited Emails from Unknown Senders – This is another standard operating procedure.
- Resist the Urge to Click on Attachments ¬– Attachments are the most common entry points for malicious software
- Don’t Threaten the Spam Sender – Don’t let your ego lead your approach to cyber security. The last thing you want is for a hacker to make you a priority target for their cybercrimes.
How to Report Spam Text Messages
- If You Have an iPhone – In IOS, you have the option to “Delete and Report Junk.” If you tap on this button, your message will report the sender info to Apple and delete the fake message from your device. After deleting it, you should take action to “Block the Contact.”
- For SMS and MMS Messages – contact your service provider to report suspected fraud.
Essential Network Cyber Security for Small to Midsized Businesses
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