Emails which you should never open

Email subjects quite often play
a big role in the success of a
phishing campaign.
Cybercriminals are, therefore,
increasingly attempting to fool
recipients into clicking a
malicious link or downloading
an infected file by using
business-oriented and
legitimate-seeming subject
Websense Research has
revealed that email subjects
alone are most likely to ensure
a phishing lure. Here are five
of the most risky email
subjects that you should never
Invitation to connect on
Often get emails with invitation
to connect on LinkedIn? While
many of these may be
authentic, most others are
phishing mails which may take
you to malware ridden
The golden rule: Never click on
the link in the mail unless you
know the person who sent you
the invite to connect. It is best
to open LinkedIn directly.
Mail delivery failed: returning
message to sender
”Mail delivery failed: returning
message to sender’ is another
dangerous subject line to be
wary of, according to
Websense. Many users often get
emails with this subject and
click to know which of their
email bounced back.
Next time, think twice before
clicking on an email with the
same or similar subject line.
Dear … Customer
‘Dear … Customer’ is another
favourite subject line of
cybercriminals. Many phishing
emails are sent with this
subject line to lure the
unsuspecting recipients.
These mails have links that take
you to websites that look
genuine but, in fact, are fake.
Such websites extract
confidential information from
unsuspecting victims.
Comunicazione importante
importante’ (which in Italian
means ”important
communication’) is another
dangerous email subject, as per
the Websense study. So, if you
happen to receive one of these
mails, it would be wise to be
wary than sorry as the message
could link to a scam website or
even download malware on
your computer.
Undelivered Mail Returned to
‘Undelivered Mail Returned to
Sender’ is the fifth most
dangerous subject line for
email users. While these mails
are often received by senders
when their outgoing mails don’t
reach the recipient, scammers
put the same message in the
subject line.
Once the unsuspecting
recipients open these mails,
they get baited to click on links
or images included with the
message, leading to potentially
dangerous websites.
Stay safe.


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