Spam, also known as junk email, is unsolicited bulk messages sent through email. Your email address could well have been obtained by spambots, which are automated programs that crawl the internet looking for email addresses. They are frequently related to scams and fraud.
Fraudulent spam also comes in the form of phishing emails, which are emails disguised as official communication from banks, online payment processors or any other organizations a user may trust. Phishing emails typically direct recipients to a fake version of the organization’s website, where the user is prompted to enter personal information, such as login and credit card details.
Hacked Email Accounts
Probably the greatest risk to your computer’s security is you. If your email address is hacked it is likely that the hacker is using your address book to send emails to all your contacts. This puts them at risk since they are likely to be less aware of the potential risks. You should also be aware that emails from your friends could be coming from such a hacked source.
This all comes back to taking appropriate security measures, especially using a good antivirus.
Links in Emails
Never, never, never click on a link in an email. The two items above should give you warning that the link may be leading you into danger.
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