Most of us are doing emails these days and who doesn’t get dodgy emails which they call phishing.
What is Phishing?
“Phishing” is an illegal attempt to “fish” for your private, sensitive data. (1)
It is usually done through email, ads or by sites that look similar to sites you already use. For example, someone who is phishing might send you an email that looks like it is from your bank so that you will give them information about your bank account.
This is also known as a phishing attack. (2)
Scammers use any means they can to trick people into sharing personal information, such as –
Phone calls (3)
Phishing emails or sites might ask for the following:
Usernames and passwords, including password changes
Social security numbers
Bank account numbers
PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)
Credit card numbers
Mother’s maiden name
Birth date (2)
Some may ask you to pay for services that you could get cheaper or even free if you used the official government service. (4)
So what do we do with our dodgy emails?
Are we bothered who is sending them?
Are we scared when we get them?
Are we dismissive when they land in our inbox?
Are we discerning to know if it is dodgy or not?
Are we too busy to even notice they are there?
Are we laughing out loud as they are so absurd?
Are we consciously present to notice they are dodgy?
WHY do we all seem to receive dodgy emails in our inbox?
WHY do they seem to be on the increase?
WHY do we have people in our world making a living from doing dodgy emails?
Do we ignore them?
Do we hope they will disappear and stop bugging us?
Do we worry “what on earth is going on” with this dodgy stuff?
Do we actually think there are humans doing this?
Do we think this is all computer-generated nonsense?
Do we pretend they will just go away one day?
Do we think someone else can take action?
Do we feel trying to stop them is a waste of time?
Do we care enough to want change once and for All?
PayPal Security states
Approximately 90% of all emails sent worldwide falls into the spoof, phishing, spam and general junk category.
By submitting reports of suspicious email to us, you are helping to address this problem. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s get real and let’s get honest here…
How many of us take the time to report this stuff?
Have we bothered to stop and question why on earth is it so bad – 90%?
If you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.
What we should do if we receive a scam email
Do not click on any links in the scam email.
Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank. (5)
Police believe that many people are too embarrassed to admit that they have fallen for scams. (6)
Mass marketing scams make up 25% of all reported fraud but accounts for 90% of losses, with the average victim who reports a fraud losing £27,000.
Roll on 6 years later, what are the real figures today?
One victim said she lost thousands of pounds after responding to requests for small amounts of money. (6)
Action Fraud also warn against opening Links and Attachments in scam emails as they may contain computer viruses. This could lead to a malware or Ransomware attack.
Ransomware is a computer virus that threatens to take action on computers like deleting files, unless a ransom is paid. (7)
June 2017 – University College London, a world leading university and a “centre of excellence in cyber-security research” was hit by a Ransomware attack.
Universities, which often carry out commercially sensitive research, have become frequent targets for cyber-attacks. (8)
Ransomware can also lock out important files that we have on our computer. (9)
Which Consumer Rights – 10 Tips for Spotting Scam Emails
Check the ‘from’ address
Is the greeting impersonal?
Check contact information and dates
Check if the linked website is legitimate
Is it asking for personal or bank details?
Is there poor spelling, grammar or presentation?
Are they trying hard to be official?
Is the email trying to rush you?
Check with the real company, brand or department (7)
If we think about it – we have modern software designed for this ugly fake stuff and the box is called Junk.
What is junk?
Who invented junk?
Where does this word come from?
What purpose does it have for us?
WHY do we need junk in the first place?
What happens to our junk?
Do we all have junk in our life?
Do we all keep going with the junk that keeps coming at us?
Do we have a solution for our junk like –
Pretend it isn’t there?
Override it in our mind like it’s someone else’s problem?
Pile it up high and hope for the happy day that we will deal with it?
Plan it in our diary to deal with knowing that day will never come?
Try and attempt to action but not really, as our words are just hot talk and no true action?
Stay in the comfort of the uncomfortableness that this junk produces, day in and day out?
Feel overwhelmed at the thought of getting on with this junk stuff?
Junk has a few meanings but the main one Google tells us is –
old and discarded articles that are considered useless or of little value.
Oxford English Dictionary tells us – useless or worthless articles. Nonsense. (10)
So, our computer is programmed with a box just for this nonsense and what do we do about it?
Is that enough to chuck it in there and forget about it?
Is that a bit like the junk room at home?
Is it like the junk drawer and cupboard we have?
What do we think about our worthless articles?
WHY on earth do we want anything that is useless?
WHY are we not on the bandwagon of quality, value, true action and purpose?
WHY do we like a moan and a groan but not take any true action?
WHY are we not consistent in taking action in our daily life?
WHY are we allowing this to simply continue, as we just accept it as part of email life?
Some of us have experienced or know of someone who has had a financial loss because of dodgy email scams.
So, is this ever going to stop and is it possible to nail it and make real change in the dodgy email department?
Are we ready to do our bit?
Do we feel we can make a difference?
Do we want to be on the front foot when it comes to taking Responsibility?
Have we heard what Einstein once said? –
The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Is there something here for us all to at least consider?
Could this be a prompt to take true action?
Would our Do Nothing, Do Something blog be of use here?
What would happen if we started taking Individual Responsibility?
What if True Actions speak louder than words and always have?
What would happen to dodgy emails if we done our bit?
Have we ever stopped long enough to think what is possible if we Unite and come together to say NO TO ABUSE?
The Truth is, all dodgy fake emails are Abuse and we can call it whatever we want but to keep it plain and simple – it is Abuse and we are allowing it to continue as we do nothing about it.
Any dodgy email is abuse and if we start to look at where else in our life we allow and accept abuse and we got honest about this, things will change.
Our part is to remain consistent in calling out and taking action to stop ANYTHING that we know and can feel is abuse.
Step by step taking Responsibility will guarantee real change.
Call it a co-incidence, pot luck or whatever – as the author of this blog, I have reported consistently those dodgy emails where they want you to click on some link so they get access to your stuff.
Yes, it takes a few minutes and they do add up daily, so we might just want to give up.
As I am deeply committed to ALL areas of life, I see this ugly stuff popping up daily and by remaining steady and just staying on top of it with the reporting, bingo it has literally stopped.
Yes, there are spams but very few compared to the days when there was loads coming through.
A sure sign that there have been real changes by simply getting on with it.
That means taking action and doing something.
Doing nothing guarantees no change.
Doing something that is true, guarantees real change.
Could it be that Simple?
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(6) (2011, February 26). Report E-mail Scams, National Fraud Authority Urges. BBC News. September 1, 2017 from
(7) (n.d). How to Spot an Email Scam. Which? Consumer Rights. Retrieved September 1, 2017 from
(8) (2017, June 15). Top University Under ‘Ransomware’ Cyber-Attack. BBC News. Retrieved September 1, 2017 from
(9) (2017, July). Phishing. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Retrieved September 1, 2017 from
(10) Concise Oxford English Dictionary – Twelfth Edition. Oxford University Press. 2011