Spam email can be dangerous

Email Security: How Do I Identify Dangerous Spam Mail?

There are basically three different types of dangerous emails:

  • Spam emails: Annoying e-mails with unsolicited advertising for products and services of all kinds. As a rule, dubious providers are behind the offers. Although the e-mails do not contain a virus, they can violate privacy, for example when images are reloaded. The sender then knows the user's mail program and knows that the e-mail address is valid. The emails are often sent with fraudulent intent. If, for example, the mail recipient orders products, prepayment is usually required and he then receives no goods or goods of inferior quality. Other e-mails are intended to induce the recipient to pay by putting him under pressure with alleged misconduct. Senders are, for example, supposed debt collection agencies or warning lawyers.
  • Phishing emails: Fake a real sender, usually banks, payment service providers, parcel services or online shops. The user is tricked into clicking a link and entering personal access data on a fake website. This data can be intercepted by criminal hackers and misused for illegal transactions.
  • Virus emails: These e-mails contain either an attachment with malware or a link that leads to a website and then infects the end device with malicious code. Malware installed in this way can be used to spy on the user and to carry out illegal transactions with the data obtained. Or the senders use the mail recipient's computer for illegal actions, for example to set up a so-called bot-network.