Have you ever received a voice message by email? For some people, especially those in the business world, receiving voice messages as attachments might be common. What is handy about them is it gives the option of checking phone messages while away from one’s computer. Unfortunately, computer hackers have devised emails that look like they are coming from a voice messaging service, such as this message below. They are not legitimate messages but contain malware that can wreak havoc on a personal computer and has the ability to harvest email addresses, passwords, banking information, and other personal items.
Sometimes, it is difficult to determine whether one of these is real or not, especially if you have never seen a legitimate one before. Some clues to look for are
- Does the sender want you to click on a zip file attachment?
- Have you subscribed to a voice message by email service?
- Is the English, spelling or other grammar kind of sloppy?
If unfamiliar with this voice mail service, it would be a good idea to contact the service provider to find out why you are receiving an unordered service. Chances are you may be receiving a phishing email. To verify, call them. Don’t trust phone numbers or web addresses provided on the email though. Find out from a reliable source. Go to www.bbb.org or call us. We’ll help you determine if this email is or isn’t legitimate.
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