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Email Scams: Don't Click that Link!

This news item expired September 7, 2007. It may contain out-of-date information.
Make sure you are double-checking the sender of an email before you start clicking on links. A new round of scams is targeting recipients with inviting emails.

The latest round of email messages suggest that by clicking on a link you will see photos or verify registration for a particular service. The link is often an IP address. When the receiver clicks on what turns out to be a malicious link in the email, the website exploits the web browser and compromises your system by downloading malware.

These scams are capable of causing significant damage to an individual's system. Users are encouraged to exercise caution when clicking on links within emails from unknown users. If you receive a provocative photo scam email or a registration scam email, delete it immediately.

The perpetrators of this scam are rapidly changing their malware in an effort to thwart anti-virus software. With that in mind, make sure that your anti-virus software is current. If your AV software is current, you have a better chance of stopping the malware if you inadvertantly click on a link.

If you believe your system has been comprised or if you have questions about these latest scams, contact your departmental IT support or the IT Services Solution Center at 515-294-4000.