Spam Emails – Why and what does the spammer gain?

Spam emails are a nuisance.

They clog up your inbox and could even potentially contain harmful content. In a study by SecureList in 2014, they found that 61% of the emails they received over 3 months were spam.

One of the big reasons why ‘spammers’ send you emails is to tempt you to click something and potentially infect your computer with viruses that could steal personal data.

Spammers can get hold of your email in a number of ways, especially if you make your email address public. They can get hold of your email if you:SCS_BPI_SPAM-300x300

  • Post your email on your website or someone else’s
  • Display it on social media
  • Sign up for websites asking for your address
  • Give your address to online retailers

To minimise the risk of receiving spam emails, we recommend you:

  • Avoid opening spam emails and if you do, don’t click on any of the links as these may infect your computer with malware.
  • Don’t reply to spammers or click the ‘unsubscribe option’. If you do click, it confirms them that your address is active and you will attract more spam.
  • If buying anything online, either use a disposable email address or make sure you don’t select that you want to receive 3rd party emails.
  • Don’t put your email address on your website – This makes it easy for ‘spambots’ to find your email address and sell it. Use a “contact us” form instead or default info@.
  • Mark them as junk or spam emails on your email software and block the sender.
  • Install security software that monitors your emails for malware and spam to help prevent those emails coming through.

If you have any questions about spam email or would like any advice, please call 0800 9520652 or email sales@scstechsolutions.co.uk