Take the PayPal Phishing test!

I got a fraudulent email pretending to be from PayPal today.  Upon reading it, it was pretty clear to me that was spam - the punctuation, the grammar, the lack of personalization and that it was sent to a non-existent email account all added up to one thing:  SPAM!  I've pasted a copy of the email at the end of this post so you can see for yourself!

Upon Googling "PayPal" and "phishing" I found myself on PayPal's site and this neat little quiz.

SPAM Alert – You received a voice mail

If your company uses a phone system that emails voice mail messages or faxes, be wary of emails that look legitimate but actually contain malware or links to infected sites.  Remember, you are your own best defense when it comes to protecting your computer, your company and yourself from malware and viruses.

SPAM ALERT! Benefit Elections

I found this in my spam filter yesterday.  It purports to be from the payroll company, ADP.  It was easy for me to spot it as SPAM, since we don't use ADP for payroll processing.  But even that weren't the case, that there's a .zip file attached to this email would have raised a red-flag.

Spam Alert! UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT TODAY

Today's spam is a fraudulent advisory about updating your email account.  It doesn't matter who your service provider is, this email is SPAM!  If you get this email in your inbox or your spam folder (where it belongs) DO NOT CLICK!

 

If your machine has a virus, anything hinky, or even if you just want some guidance on how to mitigate your risks give us a call and we're happy to help.

Spam Alert! Voice Message from Unknown (669-335-7699)

Here's another example of an spam email designed to take advantage of us busy people!  We use a VoIP phone system here and when someone leaves a voicemail, or sends a fax, we get an email alert with the message attached.  So, it's not unusual to get an email like this one.

Email account settings: IMAP or POP3

If you've ever tried to set up your phone, tablet or computer to get your email then you've no doubt encountered these two IMAP and POP3. Maybe you already know what they mean, but in case you don't here's a quick explanation: 

POP3:  Downloads the message off the email server directly to your phone, tablet or computer and, usually, doesn't leave a copy of it on the server.