For weeks, I have been receiving many more scam emails per day than usual. It is important to be aware of which emails are scams. The emails can attempt to trick you into relaying information about yourself that should not be divulged, and/or they can contain links that should not be clicked on because doing so can cause malware to be uploaded to your computer.
There are two main ways that I know I do not even want to click on an email to open it:
Yesterday, April 14, I received 22 emails in my spam email box. Here is a list of 12 of those emails (click on the image to see a larger, clearer view):
I took a screen shot of my mouse pointer just underneath two of the “From” entries. They revealed these two email addresses:
I use WhoIs.com to do searches for domain names that seem strange or devious to me. I typed in each domain name to do a search (click on the images to see larger, clearer views):
In each case, it can be seen that the domain name is unavailable, which means that each one is in use and is unavailable to be purchased (click on the images to see larger, clearer views):
Therefore, I clicked on the “Whois” button to the right of each domain name. In both cases, it was shown that the domain names (scharliesteam.net and sustrave.com) belong to Eldridge Engels, 4029 Washington Avenue, Jackson, MS. Furthermore, the contact email address for both domains is firstname.lastname@example.org:
When I have done similar searches for several domain names in the addresses of questionable emails sent to me over the past couple of weeks, the results were exactly the same as those shown above.
Today I also tried, more than once, to go to these addresses in my browser:
In each case, the connection timed out, which means that there are no websites associated with those addresses (click on the images to see larger, clearer views):
Next, I did a search for Eldridge Engels and then clicked on the https://www.domainiq.com/name?Eldridge_Engels link on the browser page. Although a page came up, a big square appeared preventing me from seeing all the information on the page.
At most sites, when a big square with information appears, there is an X in the upper/right corner of the square. If you click on the X, the square goes away and the page can be viewed. However, on this page, there is no way to eliminate the square (click on the image to see a larger, clearer view):
All of these things lead me to believe that the source of many of these emails is a scammer, or multiple scammers, using email addresses. with varous domain names and various subject information, to deceive and trick the recipients of their emails to open them.
I have no doubt that most or all of the emails contain unsafe and insecure links that should not be clicked on. Doing so increases the probability that hazardous and harmful malware will be uploaded to the person’s computer, followed by loads of trouble, problems and aggravation for that person.