There seems to be more than usual email spam at the moment.

These emails mostly try to get you to urgently click a link or download a file and are disguised as legitimate information, even to the point of using your existing domain name or a friend’s name within From address or the text.

One common type of spam email is one that tells you your domain name registration is due and if you don’t click the link and pay the exorbitant amount – sometimes $200 – it will expire (BTW typical domain name registration renewal with Loud Mountain is $32).

If you are not sure if an email is spam, there are a few basic things to look out for:

  • Check the ‘From’ address. Some look like a legitimate domain name such as domainregistry.com or facebook.com.au. But notice in the facebook.com.au example the addition of .au (facebook doesn’t use .au)
  • The From address includes additional numbers to a name or even consists of completely random letters/numbers
  • The link in the text is unrecognisable
  • The text usually always has an urgency for you to act on something
  • There is no signature listing who it is from and the usual contact details

If you still have any doubt, feel free to get in touch with me to check BEFORE clicking that weird link.

I hope that helps.