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.

aaS – a quick reference guide to "as a service"

You've heard them or read them all - SaaS, HaaS, IaaS, PaaS   Seems like there's a new one everyday and what do they all mean, anyway?

SaaS - Software as a Service -  or software that is available through the internet.  Simply put, instead of purchasing the software and installing it on your own hardware (computer or server) the software is available over the internet.

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:""  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?

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.