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Tuesday, 29 August 2006

Spam! Lovely spam!
Even The Vikings Are In On The Act Now

For those wondering, the title of this article pays homage to Monty Pythons Flying Circus.

I, like millions of other poor soles receive bucket loads on un-solicited email messages each day. This is of course commonly known as Spam. It’s a fact of life which we are almost powerless to stop. I myself have 2 Spam filters running and it still gets through.

It has now got to a point where I receive more spam than genuine e-mail. On average I receive between 40 & 50 spam emails per day and I’m completely sick of it.

In general these messages fall into one of three categories,

  1. Phishing requests.
  2. Viagra or similar tablets for sale.
  3. Offers to invest in fantastic stocks & shares.
  4. Bogus job offers – This week from Norway, thus the Viking reference.
Phishing e-mails are ones that pretend to be from a bank and will ask you to confirm your bank details and passwords on-line. You will be told that your account will be suspended if you do not click on the link. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK, EVER! If you do, one of two things will happen.
  1. You will be taken to a webpage that looks genuine, but isn’t.
  2. Your computer will be infected with some form of Virus.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – No financial institution will ever ask you to provide detailed information such as PIN numbers on-line. If you are in any doubt what so ever telephone your bank direct, using a number from your bill not any e-mails.

It is also worth mentioning that these crooks have even been known to phone people at home, posing as bank employees. Again be very suspious of such calls if they ask for passwords or PIN numbers. As before, phone your Bank, that way you can be sure that you are talking to the correct people.

With reference to the other types of Spam, they are just annoying and all get deleted as soon as they arrive.

My question is, how do I stop this junk? Is there a sure fire solution, except cancelling all my e-mail accounts?


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