These days there is so much Spam happening under “legitimate” guises that it can be a real trap for the unwary.
They are much more subtle and sophisticated in tricking people into clicking their links.
Here is one more example . . .
In this case, our client did the sensible thing and forwarded the email to us to review because they were not sure about it.
A number of factors pointed to the possibility of this not being a legitimate email:
- “cPanel” is not the brand of the email sender
- not personally addressed – just “Dear client”
- on a technical point, it is unlikely that you would need to re-confirm an account for a software upgrade like this, (but that is how they entrap you into clicking their link)
- the email asks you to click a login link in the email
Generally you should NEVER click a login link in an email, especially if you are unsure of the source.
Finally, ask yourself the logical question . . . is it even possible that I have this type of account at all?
In this case, it was possible, because the recipient owns a website.
So they did the sensible thing and forwarded the email to me for a second opinion.
Well, that is quite simple really!
Here are some other articles on this subject:
Watch this short VIDEO
How To Stop Spam (Especially If You’re Already a Victim).
I have already written about one strategy that this video mentions several times . . .
What should you do now?
- Be wary of unknown emails that arrive in your Inbox
- Especially if they ask you to take some action
- Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Hotpink Websites now.
Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren’t so exciting.
Remember – Spam happening under “legitimate” guises