A substantial amount of emails sent are unwanted by the recipient, these are known as ‘spam’. Spammers are often very sophisticated and their emails very plausible. They use databases holding vast numbers of email addresses. CHW Accountants Bolton can help you spot the ‘spam’ so you’re not a victim to fraud.
We have in the past few weeks had clients refer to us emails supposedly from HMRC notifying them of tax refunds to which they are entitled. Invariably such emails are spam and Spammers are looking for you to click on the link within the email taking you to other websites.
You may get spammed because you have given out your email address while signing up for an internet service that asks for an email address or by including your email address on your business website or by giving your address to an online retailer.
Whilst spam filters may help reduce unwanted emails, you can reduce them considerably and better protect yourself by taking some basic measures. For example, try to avoid opening spam emails and do not click on links within spam messages as you risk compromising your own security and introducing viruses and malware to your computer or even worse to your employer’s computer network. You should always ensure you comply with your employers ‘Acceptable Use Policy’. Remember if it looks too good to be true it normally is!
If you do wish to communicate with the sender, rather than pressing ‘reply’ or clicking on a link, simply re-enter the email address or website details. Be wary of ‘Unsubscribe‘ options as often by clicking on an ‘Unsubscribe‘ link you may be confirming your email address details.
If you have any more queries in regards to this matter, please our CHW Accountants Bolton on 01204 534031 or contact us via our enquiry page.
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