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Monday, 28 February 2011

My comments re UK Government Agency wants your email scams – but is it doing it the right way? | Naked Security

UK Government Agency wants your email scams – but is it doing it the right way? | Naked Security

totally agree.

in fact, if they collaborate with spam provider like www.spamarrest.com then, they would also get millions of those scam emails also..

HOWEVER, surely key is if they have enough power and targeted brief to do a decent job.. money should surely be better spent on prevention, and target those who are vulnerable and maybe highlight to them the key points to look out for like your post above.

Must read, suggest you guys click through above, key points below:

"
* Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:

* the sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address

* the email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address

* the email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting like "dear customer"

* a sense of urgency; for example the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed

* a prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website

* a request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details

* the email contains spelling and grammatical errors

* you weren't expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it

* the entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format

* the image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site "

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