Monday, July 9, 2012

Millions of unwanted emails are sent everyday to email accounts around the world. Spam mail is now one of the major threats from internet scams. One good way to avoid them is by using a spam filter and also to add some virus software to your computer or laptop. Most of them are unwanted mails that won’t harm you if you just delete them, and that is the best way to avoid their risk. However, as phishing emails and hackers become more sophisticated and difficult to detect, even the more skeptical and experienced of internet user can fall victims to the fraud.

Scammers and hackers have become more effective at online crime which can result in identity theft, financial loss, blackmail, and more. New tricks to fool people are created daily, and they can take the form of system updates, upgrades, emails from friends with links for you to click on, or even an attachment to open, which then installs a virus on your computer. Many victims aren’t aware they’ve been a victim until it is too late. Internet users can have a key logging virus on their computer which tracks their every move, and sends their online bank account information to the Russian criminal who is watching, and sent you the virus without you knowing.

Russia private investigators say Russia and the Ukraine are ranked number one for hackers with the top talents in the world, and most of these hackers are using their internet skills to steal, rather than to develop useful software and programs that could in fact help the world.

Professional software engineers have seen the easy way out of committing fraud online because authorities have not evolved in the same way as hackers and scammers. As the public becomes more aware of the risk from fake websites, spam emails, phishing and hacking, criminals stay one step ahead of the learning curve, and law enforcement cannot catch up with them.

Russian investigators offer these tips to avoid being the risk:

- Don’t open emails that come from people or companies you are not familiar with. Instead, delete them or click on spam. You can also block these senders using your blacklist.

- Open attachments only when you are sure they are safe and reliable, and after they are screened by your virus software, which may be included with your email service.

- If emails come with an ad and you click on it and a pop up window opens, close it, leave and delete that message. This is the way hackers get your information.

- Sometimes scammers send emails with an option to “unsubscribe” link and redirect you to an outside page in which they ask you for your email and information. Never provide it.

- Get good quality anti-virus and anti-spyware that can be updated and use your firewalls. Make sure you keep your anti-virus software updated for the latest threats.

Be safe online and stay skeptical. When in doubt, try to contact the sender directly through an independent and safe source. If you need to verify the person or company sending you emails, consider a reputable private investigation firm for a background check service.

Best of luck,

A Hathaway
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