Today I got the nastiest spam message yet. Here it is – I removed my name from the image:
Even though I am pretty savvy with email and experienced in recognizing spam, when I got this my reflex was to open it immediately. It looks legitimate and threatening.
Then I looked at the sender’s address at email@example.com and I got suspicious. Of course, the zip file attached gives it away. Anyone clicking on this file and opening it would undoubtedly unleash havoc on their computer. And I am sure with a message like this, it happens to a lot of people.
When I Googled har.com it didn’t take long to find other people who have the same problem. Here is a link.
The key to remember is: Anyone that legitimately needs your attention isn’t going to do it via email. So there should never be a reason to open up an email with any attachment from any stranger.