Spam mails sometimes come in very disguised form, which makes it very hard to detect. Unfortunately, there’s no foolproof way to prevent spam as new and innovative methods are employed by their originators. Efforts to curb spams are not 100% foolproof as you may endup treating genuine mails also as spam.
Spam mails have some characteristics common to them. They are either advertisements or emails that are cleverly designed to extract personal information from you and may resemble emails from genuine companies. The only way to detect spam is to apply your commonsense and get trained yourself to verify the authority their origin. If a mail is asking your personal information, you are under no obligation to give that even if you have some kind of relationship existing with the company. Think about it, all the required information is already with them and why should they ask such information again? Beware of such emails that contain very convincing arguments and you will be dragged into their way no time.
Types of Spams
Internet threats are growing large and many people have been cheated. Lack of knowledge on the part of users about various threats have contributed to this menace. There are different types of spams that can be classified as per the mail content. Some of them are purely of advertisement nature while others give you false information and ask you signup on a particular website or something like that. You might have already encountered spam emails claiming that you are a winner of a lotto or promising you to make rich overnight. The number of spam mails are counting very high these days as people who’re are behind them are creative and its a matter of time for them to get you hooked and lay hands on your hard earned money. They may even ask you to invest money upfront to get huge amount of money that’s lying unclaimed. There are phishing mails that goes one step further. Imitating genuine site login page, they are established for the sake of getting your login information. So it’s a very good idea to check the address bar for the url to verify it matches with the domain name.