Some simple precautions you can follow to help you identify spam e-mails
13th October 2009
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Some simple precautions you can follow to help you identify spam e-mails are...

Always keep your virus scanning and firewall software up to date.

If you receive an un-solicited e-mail ...

  • asking you to disclose any personal/confidential information such as bank account details, passwords, date of birth etc,
  • advising of something you would expect to receive notification of via the normal postal system such as a tax statement,
  • including a downloadable .exe file,
  • including a link to a suspicious or unknown website,
  • not containing any verifiable contact information

...then it's probably spam. Simply delete it.

If you are in any doubt contact the e-mail sender (using a verified telephone number) to check if the e-mail is legitimate.

For any secure sites you use (such as on-line banking) always manually navigate to the site yourself - never access a secure site using a link provided in an e-mail. Always use a known telephone number when contacting the e-mail originator.

Finally, I strongly recommend that you run the latest versions of web browsers. These are MS Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox 3. You should avoid using older browser versions as they are not as secure and are prone to security attacks.

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