Over the last week or so I've been receiving a new type of spam in my email inbox. We've all seen the "Increase your size" ads, and the "This is our absolute offer", we've even enjoyed the illiterate missives from people like 'Merle Negron', 'Newton Dillard' and 'Mai Chavez'. However this latest spam scam is likely to deceive even the most sharpest minds.
We all know that when we receive an email from a bank to "update our security details" on the web, it's unwise to do so. (Especially when it's allegedly from an institution you don't bank with). Now the spammers are sending emails out to companies that are apparently originating from within the company itself.
Every day this week I've received an email from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Needless to say, MagicUnlimited.com does not have any of these email addresses. It only took a second for me to realise that if Sue-Anne didn't send them, and I didn't send them, then they were probably spam.
But if you worked for a large company then it's very likely you would assume that it was a legitimate request from within your organisation, and you'd follow the link and give them all the details they requested.
So, in a nutshell, if you receive any emails from your own company's "Security Department" that look like the one below, delete them immediately.
Dear Valued Member,
According to our site policy you will have to confirm your account by the following link or else your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.
Thank you for your attention to this question. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sincerely,Magicunlimited Security Department.