Spam emails – catch of the week

Spam emails are important not only for marketers, or content writers – spam is something that we all get (a lot!)

According to statista, 54.1% of worldwide email traffic in 2015 was spam – a huge number! Despite the decreasing spam volumes, it’s still a big issue.

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View the full statista report here

 

In these series of blogs, I’ll to try to skim through my junk mail. So, what’s the catch of the week?

After checking my spam folder, I’ve noticed an email from Amazon. Or more likely, pretending to be from Amazon UK.

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The subject line is boldly stating my customer number and then the following snippet of text tells me that something big has happened: “This email was sent by Amazon in response to our new website changes…”. That sounds important, even though I did not notice any website changes… I’d better open it. (*for regular email users, not geeks like me, please don’t open emails that you know are spam, and surely do not click or download anything!)

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So, for anyone out there who is confused, this is definitely a spam email.

Let’s have a closer look. Even though the template resembles the Amazon one – probably stolen from their emails – the logo, the look and feel – it’s definitely not them.

First of all, the subject line – you can get order IDs in the subjects, but not internal client reference numbers  – and, sloppy spammers, they didn’t even try to match my customer number in the subject line and the email itself…

Domain: was it sent form an Amazon domain?  uk@amazon.co.uk 968204034@enrs1441111.uk via vps3824.inmotionhosting.com Even though it has “amazon” there, look at the huge amount of additional numbers and hosting domains – a clear giveaway that you should stay away from this email. So watch for that next time you’re in doubt!

Hover your mouse over the call to action link (but don’t click!) – where does it want you to go? Eeermm… satisfymybody? I really doubt that Amazon would send me there to “validate my account details”, I’m quite satisfied with my body, but thank you.

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And even though there’s some small print at the bottom to make it look real, it’s definitely not an original disclaimer.


Do not engage with spam emails, but if you get a suspicious one into your inbox, try following these simple steps:

  • check the sender details, where is it coming from?
  • check the subject line – is this what you would expect from the sender?
  • and if you’re still not sure – where do they want you to go – hover over the link and you will see the URL. Again, don’t click or download anything.

If you’re still not convinced, don’t click on the email, mark it as spam / delete it. Some companies ask you to report spam emails to them too.

Hence as good deed of the day, I’m reporting this email to Amazon. If you need instructions on how to let Amazon know about the spam emails, follow this link.

I hope you found this useful!

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  1. It is definitely useful. Three days ago I got a spam pretending to be Amazon, and yesterday the another one arrived pretending to be PayPal. I did what’s mentioned in the blog: reported to the companies and deleted without opening any attachments. Looking forward for other advice.

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