Email Threats > 3 types to watch out for

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Malicious Email:  Contain attachments or links that are disguised as documents, voicemails, e-faxes or PDFs, malicious email attachments are designed to launch an attack on the victim's computer when the attachment is opened.  E.g.

  • New Voice Mail- These emails say that you have a new voicemail and there is a link to click on to listen.  If you donít typically get your voicemails by email you will know it is a scam.  And if you do get your voicemails by email but one comes with a different format it is most likely malicious.      

Email scam: A fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company and is designed to deceive and defraud email recipients, often for monetary gain. E.g.

  • Emails warning you off your domain name expiring.  There are a lot of fake registrars and fake invoices that appear to be real.  Please contact us if you have any questions about Domain Name renewal emails that might come in.  NOTE: these fake invoices also come in by snail mail.  

Phishing Email:
Generally, a phishing campaign tries to get the victim to hand over sensitive information. These messages aim to trick the user into revealing important data ó often a username and password that the attacker can use to breach a system or account. E.g.

  • PayPal email trying to lure users into entering their login credentials on a fake sign in page. This email includes a PayPal logo that reinforces the legitimacy.