How to Spot Phishy Scam Emails

Email is a wonderful tool.  It helps us keep in touch with friends, communicate quickly with coworkers, and receive messaging from businesses we interact with (like banks, service providers, and even coupon services!).We share our email address with people and companies we trust, and as a result, our instinct is to trust every message that hits our inbox.

However, the sad reality is that, much like our physical mailing addresses, entities we do not provide our info to can send things to us…and sometimes these emails can be malicious.  These emails are called “phishing” or just simply “scam” emails, and should be avoided.

This list outlines ten simple ways to spot these emails.  It’s a quick and easy way to learn how to protect yourself.

The Epsilon Breach and How It May Affect You

Advertising firm Epsilon recently was the victim of a cyber attack. The company has reported that their mailing lists may have been compromised in this attack. Meaning criminals may now have access to millions of personal email addresses and what companies they do business with. Continue reading

Reminder: Beware of IRS Phisher Emails and Websites During Tax Season

Cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to target and exploit unsuspecting victims. Some criminals use phishers which are fraudulent web sites or emails that trick unsuspecting victims into providing sensitive financial information. Each year during tax season, be on the lookout for unusual emails that appear to be from the IRS.
Find out more about IRS Phishers here.

2010 Spam Report

EarthLink is committed to protecting customers from email spam and viruses. We believe our partnerships with industry experts along with several proprietary technologies make a difference in our fight against spammers. Here are some interesting stats from 2010.
Earthlink systems:

• Detected that 90.6% of email sent to our customers contained email spam or a virus
• On average, stopped over 54,000 email spam and viruses infected messages from reaching customer mailboxes
• Identified 40% more virus infected spam messages in 2010 vs. 2009
• Received over 116 billion email messages during 2010, our systems detected over 104 billion contained email spam or viruses

Our systems stop roughly 1,000 email spam and virus messages for every message we missed and we will continue to work hard to stop even more spam and virus infected messages in 2011. If you receive a spam message and want to report it, follow these guidelines.