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How about an Email Service with Today's SPAM?

Updated on August 10, 2012

Do you know how to recognize a SPAM email?

If not, we all need to be trained in what is and is not a non-suspicious package - thus the title for this hub - my suggestion to email providers could you provide examples of spam email as part of the email service and, for that matter, even virus email examples?

I suspect that the SPAM button in my email service is there as part of a wider early warning or alert system so if enough people deem an email spam it will be blocked.

Getting back to the title - a list of the TOP spam emails for the day would be good - a bit like a spam chart which could even incorporate the number of 'dislikes' and any virus emails past or present having malicious attachements could also become part of the daily digest or lesson on what is a BAD email.

We all need this training! - a training module in fact would be especially useful for those still in their infancy with email but of course all of us have still got things to learn and for sure there are still tricks out there we haven't yet witnessed.

Not all but a great number of bad emails purport to come from larger companies.

For example - I got an email just recently asking me to verify some telecommunications account details and it amazed me how plausible and seemingly benign the email actually sounded!

If you think about it - there are only a handful of large phone companies and if a spam mail comes through presenting itself as from yours there is always the chance you would take it as legit.

Especially if spelling and grammar is good - many spam emails are dodgy in this regard.

Email display names can be different to the actually email sender address - for example - the inbox may say the email comes from Coca Cola but when you check the actual sender it says something like

That's not always a bad thing - that's were the complexity lies - if the display is John Smith and the email is - that could be quite a legit

My email service allows me to hover over a display address and see what the actual sending address is.

Personally, I would like to see both display and sender addresses by default - that way you could see any correllation or lack thereof in an instant.


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    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      cheers and thankyou drbj!

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      To answer your question, pd, absolutely, positively YES!

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      drbj - always a buzz to see you drop in - can I ask would you prefer to have the display and sender addresses BOTH out in the open?

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, pd. My email service also allows me to hover over a display address to see the sender's address when I am suspicious of an email. Important info here. Thanks for reminding us.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      Cogerson - you are so right about spam being time-consuming but it shouldn't be! If email providers can block spam based on 'dislikes' or flags or whatever you want to call it then we'd find ourselves having more time to read legit stuff - I don't think that would be hard to achieve technically but then again I could be wrong. Cheers for dropping in!

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting and useful hub. SPAM is time consuming and some are loaded with viruses so the importance of a hub like the one you wrote are very important. You make some great points in the hub.....and ones that I will follow in the future.

      I like the idea of having a Top Spam list from the past and present...having people becoming aware of some of the really bad ones can not be a bad idea. Voted up and useful.


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