Spotting Suspicious Emails

Spotting Suspicious Emails

Have you noticed an increase of spam emails recently? It seems that it is that time of year again where scam artists come out of hibernation and are going out of their way to get malware onto your computer.

The question that is on everyone’s mind is “Why am I still receiving spam mail?” Email works in such a way that it will send all suspicious mail to the spam folder instead of just deleting the email. They do this so that in a case where an email is legitimate and accidentally gets marked as spam the message is still delivered and accessible.

However, most of us comb through our spam folders in search of emails that may have accidentally been placed there. We stumble upon something that looks legitimate and click on it to give it a quick read through. Although to some, it is clearly a scam, more than half of us fall for the scammer’s tricks.  They use “spoof” email addresses from your company's domain to make it look real (e.g info@yourcompany.ca). They are also good at changing the subject and body of the email ever so slightly that you barely even notice.

If you clicked on the email and weren't sure whether or not the email is spam, don’t worry, you are safe for now. The email is just the trick to get your attention. The attachment is the danger which contains the malware. Do not open the attachment under any circumstance.

Click here to download our guide on how to spot suspicious emails.

One of the most dangerous malwares doing the rounds is an encryption virus which scans your computer and the network it’s attached to and encrypts your files making them unrecoverable. This is a type of malware called ransomware.  Your files are held hostage until you pay the ransom, usually via Bitcoin.  The malware is delivered once you open the .zip file attachment that you received in the spam email. We highly recommend against opening any attachments that you were not expecting no matter how official they look.

So now that you are able to get a better understanding on what to look for if you see a suspicious email, don’t just delete it. Flag it, mark it as spam and then delete it as well as notifying the correct people as what to look for in order to better stop spam emails from reaching you.

If you have anymore questions, contact us and we will do our best to answer them.