Spam And More Spam: Why Half Of All Emails Are Spam

An expert's latest spam report shows that despite an 11 percent decrease in volume from 2014, spam emails still represented 55 percent of all emails in 2015. This spam includes phishing emails, which most often targeted banks, payment systems, and online shops.

The latest spam trends include fake emails from a mobile device and notifications from mobile apps and advertising messages that may contain malware.

As our dependency on mobile devices for daily activities continues to grow, so does the opportunity for cybercriminals to take advantage of the unsuspecting user. Experts agree that fraud schemes are more sophisticated every year, and users must stay alert to suspicious emails. Duncan Macrae "More Than Half Of World's Emails Are Spam And Malware," www.techweekeurope.co.uk (Feb. 17, 2016).

Over 146 million spam emails last year were identified as phishing emails. These authentic-appearing emails can easily fool a user into downloading malware that infects their computer system or giving personal identification information leading to stolen identities.

One interesting trick used by cybercriminals is to register domain names that begin with com-. This allows them to mislead a user into believing they are going to a legitimate website. The user receives an email with a weblink that reads “http:/learnmore.com-eurekastep.eu/find.” Many users will see the domain as “learnmore.com” when in reality, it is “com-eurekastep.eu. The user clicks on what appears to be a harmless link, and malware is downloaded.

An email inbox overrun with spam has always been annoying, but users must understand that it is more than a nuisance, it can also be malicious and destructive. Stay informed of the latest spam threats, and always question emails that come to you from unknown senders or are unsolicited.

Via:  Hartford Help