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Spam Alert! New Message from Chase Online (SM)

This week at Virtual Density we launched our Lunch and Learn series.  Today and Tuesday, the topic was 'Self Defense for Small Business' and one of the topics we talked about was scam emails.  No sooner did we finish up this afternoon and I returned to my desk to find this email in my spam filter.

Worried about Google reading your email?

You ought to be.

Google says it's OK for them to read your email because ... well... because you shouldn't expect them not to.  In fact, it's in their terms of service - you read that when you signed up, right?

In a recent court documents, Google says, "Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient's [email provider] in the course of delivery.

Spam Alert! Corporate eFax Message

You've probably seen it before; I know I have.   It's one of *those* emails; it's an attempt to take advantage of your trusting nature and of your busy day.  But don't be taken in.  Don't be fooled.  It's spam.

In general, if the email seems hinky it probably is.

Spam Alert! Scan from a Xerox WorkCentre

Fresh out of my inbox here's another piece of spam that could spell disaster for the uninformed or curious user who opens the attachment.  This isn't a new one - it's been around for a few years, but it's making the rounds again.  The attached zip file that comes along with this email is a trojan virus - don't click it!

We don't have a Xerox Multifunction device in our office so that's a dead giveaway that this is garbage.

Spam Alert! On the importance of being earnest

The email address:
Here's the email address of the sender:"mrjamescobb@hsbc.com-uk.co"  Have you ever seen a business email address that begins with "mr"? I suppose it's possible, but I'd mark it with a red flag and be suspicious. And, if this is an official email from HSBC where's the logo and where's the official signature with the Bank address and contact information?

The greeting:
"Attention"  Really?  I've been called a lot of things in my day, but "Attention" hasn't been one of them.

Beware Domain Listing Scams

This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing?
Pfft.

Have you gotten one of the notices below?  We get them regularly and they're not legit.  If you've read my other blog posts about spotting email scams and fraud you know there are several ways to spot a scam or bad email.

12 Reasons Public Clouds Are Better Than Private

Summary: Public clouds have the edge over their internal counterparts in security, reliability, and elasticity, according to the author of a new book on enterprise architecture.

By Joe McKendrick for Service Oriented

To see many of the advantages of cloud computing without its risks, many enterprises are turning to private clouds, which are service layers contained within their firewalls that look and feel like public clouds.

12 Reasons Public Clouds Are Better Than Private

Summary: Public clouds have the edge over their internal counterparts in security, reliability, and elasticity, according to the author of a new book on enterprise architecture.

By Joe McKendrick for Service Oriented

To see many of the advantages of cloud computing without its risks, many enterprises are turning to private clouds, which are service layers contained within their firewalls that look and feel like public clouds.