On the rise: Email Phishers Spamming

I’ve noticed that I’m getting unsolicited emails in the form of an email newsletter from all over the country using my “services” email address. People are phishing everywhere during this time of economic downturn. So what should I do and what have I been doing?

1) Mark them as Spam – this helps your email software to determine if it is spam or not.
But it’s best to 2) Unsubscribe – unsubscribing takes you off the list – so you don’t even receive the email to begin with. Next you should 3) Research where they are phishing for your email addresses.
For me, being a webmaster, I have my email address everywhere…so I need to research where that “services” email is and encrypt it.

Encrypt it? How do you do that? Consult with your webmaster or internet service provider…they’ll be able to help you encrypt your email address on your website so that it can’t be phished. Your webmaster can use an “email riddler” from this website… http://www.dynamicdrive.com/emailriddler/

Also don’t put your email out on the web to be phished…just waiting to be taken.

I’ve written about this in another post here and here as well.

If you need help, contact us at Samuel Little Graphic Design

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Email Alert: Phishing and Pharming

As i’ve said before it’s best to have you own domain name. with a domain name you can create many different email addresses. one that i use is “submit” @slgd.com. i use this email when i sign up for things and don’t really care if i hear back from that web site or service again. because if i start getting alot of spam to that email address i can delete it. once it’s deleted i can start another called “submit2” @slgd.com. (notice how i break up even this email address i’m talking to you about?) phishers will pull email addresses from the internet, blogs, chat rooms, online classified ads and add them to their spam list. just recently i posted an ad at craigslist.com as i saw a spikeĀ of spam emails in my email account. that just goes to show you how fast phishers get your email address from the internet.

if you would like to have your own domain name contact us and we’ll get you set up so you can protect your email.

Resource below from SunTrust.com
Criminals use fraudulent emails (known as phishes) or pop-up Web pages that appear legitimate and are designed to deceive you into sharing personal or account information. The phishes often include logos of legitimate companies, content from their Web sites, and names of real employees.

Many scammers randomly generate email addresses – that’s why you may have received fraudulent emails that appear to be from banks you do not have an account with. They may also obtain email addresses online from Web pages, chat rooms, online auctions, directories or other sources.

Remember, SunTrust will never send unsolicited emails asking clients to provide, update, or verify personal or account information, such as passwords, Social Security numbers, PINs, credit or Check Card numbers, or other confidential information. Pharming
Pharming occurs when you type in a Web address and it redirects you to a fraudulent Web site without your knowledge or consent. The Web site will try and look similar to the legitimate site in hopes of capturing your confidential information.

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