Scam of the day – July 6, 2013 – Distributed Spam Distraction attack

Most of you are probably unfamiliar with the term, “Distributed Spam Distraction attack,” but it is the name for a new tactic used by identity thieves about which you should be aware.  It starts when you receive a large number of email messages containing large amounts of text from popular literature that can be found online and then copies and pasted into an email.  When you receive these emails, they come in huge amounts and overwhelm your inbox with the intent of distracting  you with spam from the fact that some account or accounts of yours have been hacked into, such as an online banking account or a online retail account and the identity thief wants to distract you from noticing messages from your bank or an online retailer confirming a purchase or providing other information that would alert you to the fact that you have been hacked.

TIPS

It may be a bit of a cliche, but it is still true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Preventing your computer, smartphone or other portable devices from being hacked is a better solution than correcting the problem after it has occurred.  Don’t click on links in emails or messages on Facebook unless you have absolutely confirmed that they are legitimate.  Often these tainted links contain keystroke logging malware that when unwittingly downloaded by you when you click on the tainted link permits an identity thief to steal all of the information from your computer, smartphone or other portable device including your Social Security number, bank account password and credit card numbers that will lead to your becoming a victim of identity theft.  Also, keep your Firewall, security software and anti-malware software up to date with the latest patches.  As for correcting the problem after it has occurred, I suggest you get a copy of “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” where I provide details of how to correct the problem if you do get victimized.