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. Â NOTE: Â 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 Â (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. Â Go listen to Episode 42.