For a discussion on this, listen to “”Real Tech for Real People” episode 42.
I have received numerous emails purportedly from “Verizon Wireless” but which instead is a rather malicious attempt to download many evil things onto your compu
ter. NOTE: The emails really are NOT coming from Verizon Wireless, but are imposters.
The email advertises new features/phones, etc, and when you click on the link it “ultimately” takes you to the Verizon Wireless site–but first routes you through several EVIL sites that drop malicious payloads into your computer (trojans, keyloggers, password-stealers, worms, etc.)
TIP OFF? Check the actual email address that sent the email. It usually will be from some “other” site. I have seen:
- mugrealize (dot com)
- reply.rigidcomp (dot com)
- and many MANY others.
BEST DEFENSE: As always, DON’T use the links in the emails, but go directly to the site.
I discuss other ways of knowing whether an email is “legitimate” on the podcast. Go listen to Episode 42.