We're seeing a huge uptick in scam/spam emails with viruses attached, so we thought we'd show you a few examples. In the first one below, it claims to be from the "PayPal Security Team" (which doesn't exist by the way). The dead giveaways that it is phony are the return email address (email@example.com), that it's been sent to a list of "undisclosed recipients" instead of an individual person, that and that it has an HTML attachment. This attachment would contain a script that would install a virus or spyware on the computer when it is opened.
This is one of the better ones, but still obviously a fake email. If you buy from Amazon you should have a pretty good idea of how much you are spending there. And, Amazon invoices are available on their website, they don't send out emails with a download link. Again note the fake return email address and clever use of their logo to make it look legitimate.
The next one below is a little more subtle but if you are paying attention to who you get emails from, you shouldn't fall for this one either. In this case, "firstname.lastname@example.org" is someone we don't know, so we won't click on the "Invoice Portal" in order to do a "wire transfer". It's pretty unlikely you pay your invoices like this anyway, so watch out for this type of scam.
Finally, this one is so obvious that it actually struck us as funny, but if some unlucky person clicked on the rjmpc.com_nov_subpoena.doc file, the computer would be infected for sure.
Bottom line - pay attention to the emails coming to your Inbox. DO NOT open attachments unless you know for certain who they are coming from and that they are safe to open. If you have any questions, give us a call at (208)472-2800.