Spam or junk mail is the term for unwanted e-mails of any kind, e.g.advertisements and scam e-mails as well as hoax (fake warnings) and phishing e-mails.
Attackers often use the latest topics and currently, the coronavirus pandemic is one of these topics. We advise you to delete such e-mails right away. If you receive a lot of e-mail advertisements, we recommend to set up a spam filter. Here you will find instructions for setting up a spam filter.
Hoax (fake message sent via e-mail or messenger)
These messages are often sent in the form of chain letters and aim to motivate the reader to share the fake message. Some examples might be: “Tomorrow, a space tax will be introduced. It will become expensive for the inhabitants of the earth.” (Note: The tax is completely ficticious).
The recipients of fake messages might feel insecure, frightened or like they are missing out. The “Höhle-der-Löwen” spam also uses the fear of missing out. The scam suggests that people who do not become active and read the e-mail have to blame themselves if they do not become rich.
Do you know phishing e-mails, in which someone asks you on a pretext to disclose your user data (e.g. your account will expire, secure the access to your account (see the first example)).
But do you know the latest trick? Currently, attackers warn of attackers, meaning themseelves (see the second example). Really clever!
Did you see the example where someone sends an application via e-mail? Does this e-mail seem suspicious?
This is the nasty thing about spam e-mails. Applications all look alike at first glance. If you receive an application, you have to open the application to have a look at it.
We have created a quick check for applications.
You should become suspicious, if
You are unsure? Ask the information security team or the IT support team.
Not only links from malicious e-mails but also search results from a search machine can link to dangerous websites.
There are two types of websites:
Vishing (phishing via phone)
Smishing (phishing via SMS)
=> Check the URL and/
=> Be careful when publishing private information when you use social networks or job networks for work or private purposes.