I often get e mails that have one line in the body of the e mail. It is all caps,very flashy, usually in color, with a provocative message. Nothing else on the page. Today it was TRUMP PHARMA’S NIGHTMARE!! CLICK HERE OR DISPLAY. The sender was Shepherd email@example.com which doesn’t tell me anything. So I deleted it as spam. And I am convinced clicking on the link would have introduced a virus into my computer.
The hook is usually something that sounds interesting. Gee, what is going on with Trump and the pharmaceutical companies?? Oooh have to find out. No, don’t do it.
This same type of display is used with senders pretending to be Amazon, or some other site you use a lot. Amazon has CHOSEN YOU TO GET A $500 REWARD!!! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. It’s bogus. I checked this one out with Amazon. They didn’t know anything about it.
So, basically, if the e mail just has a grab attention headline and no details, check the sender, or just delete it. If it is pretending to be from a legitimate site that I use, I forward it to a fraud hotline.
Lately, and I don't know how this happened, I am getting a lot of pop-up sites, including a Dish network come-on (we are Dish subscribers). It doesn't bother me a lot because they are not hard to get rid of, as used to be the case. I am just curious. And sometimes when I sit down at the computer after a break, several of these sites are layered waiting for me, and I have to click out of each one. I'll ask my tech expert about them.
P.S. After posting this, I brought it up to check for errors, and noticed that several key phrases have been co-opted by the program and are in blue. These are sales pitches. I didn't do this. I guess Eddie has to make a buck somewhere.