Intelligent SPAM?

Spam emails are becoming more and more like the regular email you might receive from a bank or even, most recently, a gift card company. Below are some things you should know about this new form of spam.

  • If you don't know the sender, avoid opening the email. This is by far the most effective method at avoiding disaster.
  • Be wary of the links in an email. Often, emails will contain links that don't really go back to the real website. Hover your mouse over links to see where they lead. If they start with groups of numbers (like or begin with the term "", do not click them!
  • Be careful of the attachments or links pointing to files. If you are prompted to download or open any file ending in "exe", "scr", "bat", "vbs", or any other file extension you don't recognize, don't. Viruses can also be contained in Excel, Word, and PDF documents. As always, if you don't know the sender, don't open the attachment!
  • Lastly, do not reply to or click on any links in an email that you know is spam. This tells the spammer that your email address is a good one to send more to.

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