Spam is a general term for the vast amounts of unwanted and unwelcome email that is sent across the Internet every day. This problem chokes email servers, clogs inboxes, but also can deliver a variety of threats, including malware and scams.

The top 10 email scams include things like:

  • The "Nigerian" Email Scam
  • Phishing
  • Work-at-Home Scams
  • Weight Loss Claims
  • Foreign Lotteries
  • Cure-All Products
  • Check Overpayment Scams
  • Pay-in-Advance Credit Offers
  • Congratulations, you’ve “won”…
  • Debt Relief
  • Investment Schemes

Most of these things have one thing in common; they intend to separate you from your hard-earned money.

Tip: Spam folders are the “danger zone”, where highly suspect email is moved. Be very careful and suspicious when checking this folder in your email.

Protect yourself by using anti-spam technology. Many Internet Service Providers, businesses, and email systems provide some anti-spam technology but you may have to ask for it. Many anti-virus software packages include anti-spam technology, but you may have to configure it. Keep the spam away from your inbox and never click on links or open attachments in spam email.

Businesses are special targets for spam and scams. They should employ robust solutions that protect all their computer users from receiving spam.

Scams and spam take many forms, and will continue to evolve. Read other articles in the Security Center to take a deeper look, and visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website Onguardonline to learn even more.

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