If you haven’t received your notice yet, you will soon. A large e-mail marketing provider was recently hacked, taking e-mail addresses from the databases of many high-profile companies. While no personal information, such as your credit card, passwords, or address were compromised, you may see an increase in spam.
Companies effected include Target, 1-800-Flowers, Kroger, TiVo, JP Morgan, Capital One, Walgreens, Marriot Hotels, Hilton Hotels, New York & Company, Home Shopping Network, Dillons, Citi, bebe, Fry’s, Ethan Allen, Eddie Bauer, Verizon, and many more.
Just a friendly reminder:
- Never open e-mails from anyone you don’t know.
- Never click suspicious links in e-mails.
- Don’t provide sensitive information via e-mail or through insecure website. If you are contacted and told you need to update your information with your PayPal account, don’t click the link in the e-mail. Instead, open your browser and type the address. You’ll most likely find that the e-mail was a scam and no update is needed.
- Pay attention to sender’s e-mail address. Spammers, scammers, and hackers are smart, so be smarter. Companies have their own domain names and e-mail addresses from these domain names. Target will contact you though an address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t fall for e-mail addresses such as email@example.com and even e-mail addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have any other tips to avoid spammers, scammers, and hackers via e-mail?