The Spam Gallery is a series of posts that give examples of spam messages, explaining telltales signs of how they are spam.
This email is one of those “almost had it” types. I have done work for a company called SupportSpace, who had a contact named Monika. The filename referenced used my online handle to provide legitimacy. However, I still didn’t bite. I considered the following:
- I’ve never heard of “SendSpace”. There are no links to their website in the email and the email is not sent from a sendspace.com domain. For being the best file sharing service, they don’t know how to promote themselves.
- The capitalization of the company name differs in the email. This would not happen in a professional communication.
- The capitalization of the sender’s name is odd.
- Checking the link address of the download link points to some random site, not anything related to sendspace.com.
Be even more careful when you see something that may be relevant to you. When there is only once choice in an email, like “Download” in this example, be suspicious. Businesses love to promote themselves whenever they contact someone. The lack of logos, slogans, and promotional links is a red flag.