The first thing people do when they go online is check their email. At least, that's what I do. If you don't have your filters set right, then some spam and scam messages might still make their way to your inbox. It's amusing how varied and ingenious some of them sound.
If you're tech savvy, then you probably know better and avoid opening emails with suspicious-sound titles. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people still fall for these types of scams every day, the most latest of them being bogus 'Don't Forget About Meeting Tomorrow' reminders that are currently making the rounds.
These messages were intercepted by MX Labs, who reported that the messages bore the subject line mentioned earlier and were sent from spoofed email addresses, specifically firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It wouldn't be so bad if they were only ads, but they come with a malicious attachment that will infect your computer.
The bottom line is, these email scams won't stop coming, and it's up to you to wisen up and spot them whenever they manage to sneak past your filters. Here are a few tips on how you can spot the legit messages from the bogus ones in your inbox:
They sound too good to be true. This is specially applicable to online job offers or emails that inform you that you've won something, even when you haven't joined any contests, like these lottery scams.
It's all in the grammar, baby. Scammers might have all the time in the world to cook up all these crazy schemes, but they obviously didn't go to grammar school because their lines are all over the place.
They don't use spell-check. And so is their spelling.
It links to where? Scammers also often spoof the "From" email addresses and embed links that don't lead to where they promise to go.