12 million people suffered a computer virus attack in the last six months. Many of those attacks were in the form of email attachments.
Here is a story from one of our customers recently:
An email from FedEx came into Loretta’s inbox that included an email attachment file. The email is titled “FedEx Tracking Receipt” and appears to look like a real FedEx email. The email instructed Loretta to download the attachment file that is alleged to be the tracking receipt. Loretta didn’t stop to consider that she had not recently shipped a package with FedEx, but was confused into downloading the file to verify there was a mistake by FedEx she needed to correct. Unfortunately for Loretta the email attachment file was a virus installation program disguised as a FedEx tracking receipt.
Don’t fall for this common email scam. Before you download an email attachment, stop to consider whether it seems legitimate to you. Did you recently interact with the company that it appears the email was from? Would your friend really send you a naked picture of Britney as an email attachment? Consider it junk email before you consider it real legitimate email.