Spam Gallery–Need Your Help

The Spam Gallery is a series of posts that give examples of spam messages, explaining telltales signs of how they are spam.

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This email is working on the premise that you must act before thinking.  Like most spam, the link will redirect you to a page where you are at risk of virus/trojan/worm infections.  This email has the following traits:

  • The FROM address is unfamiliar.  It uses the same domain as my email address, which could be effective in a large corporation, where you may not recognize the person, but the you familiarize with the email address.  This is known as “affinity fraud”.
  • There is no personal information in the email to indicate that the email was sent directly to me.
  • Most people would paste the URL to the bill in the email.  This email has the URL hidden behind a label (“Here is the bill”).  Although it isn’t difficult for the average person to do this, it isn’t likely that if the email was sent in a hurry, the sender would take the time to format the link in that way.
  • I’m unsure of what the purpose of the “Secure Checksum” closing line on a lot of these spam messages means, but it’s beginning to be a sign of spam.

Always check the address of links in emails.  If the sender is someone you don’t recognize, slow down.  If you receive a message like this at work, check the company directory to see if it really is someone that works there.