A spam email is in circulation around the country telling recipients that there is warrant out for their arrest. The email, which claims to come from "State Investigation Department" instructs recipients to call a phone number in order to settle their case. The person that answers the phone shares very little details about the recipient's alleged crime, but asks the caller to share their credit card number and pay $500 to avoid being arrested.
JustReachOut is a new division of consultancy firm Criminally Prolific wants to help startups craft the perfect email pitches. Their service is designed to help startups build relationships with reporters who cover their field and then sends the company recent articles written by those journalists. Then the tool helps these companies craft PR emalis based on the reporter's recent coverage.
HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes uses a daily email auto responder even when he isn't on vacation. The idea is to set expectations and let people know that he has received their message, but that he probably won't be responding right away. In the email it also discourages senders from following up, but promises that he will get back to them at some point. The goal is to keep email from cutting down on work productivity and to encourage patience among those waiting for a response.
Security experts have warned of a new phishing email scam that is targeting LinkedIn users. The email is trying to steal user credentials via links in an email that appears to come from the online professional social network. The email claims that the user's account has been blocked due to a lack of usage. The recipient is invited to click on a link to verify their email address and password in order to reactive their account.
Red e App is a new tool designed to help companies communicate with employees that don't use email or social media. The tool is targeted at employees that don't sit in front of computers such as retail and restaurant workers. It allows companies to send information about training, scheduling and benefits, as well as emergency updates through a digital platform without having to give employees email accounts. Users can simply download an app on their phone or computer to access company communications. General Electric and Papa John's International have already begun using the tool.
Dark Mail allows email users to encrypt their digital communications in a move to prevent the NSA from reading private communications. The service hides the user's email metadata including the 'To' and 'From' fields to help users keep the names and subjects of their emails private. The tool is not NSA proof, as the agency could still target an individual and follow each email's trail. However, it adds a security blanket and makes it more difficult.
Canada's new anti spam legislation is cutting company's email lists, according to a report in The Financial Times. In fact, one of Canada's largest accounting firms revealed that their list has been cut by 90 percent after new legislation kicked in requiring explicit permission. The new rules, some of the strictest in the world, require marketers to get direct permission to send a consumer emails.
Cyber criminals have hacked into the European Central Bank's website and stolen one of the bank's online databases which includes customer email addresses and phone numbers. According to the financial institution, no sensitive financial data was compromised in the theft. Instead, the bank said the criminals focused their attack on the bank's email distribution lists. The exposure surfaced after the thieves sent an email to ECB trying to extort money in exchange for returning the stolen data back to the bank.
Photojournalist Christina De Middel has turned her spam box into an art project. As part of a project called Poly-Spam, De Middel created a series of photographs inspired by the content inside of spam email messages. For example, an image of an actress in a hospital bed portrays the story from a spam email about a London woman that needs help to pay for her recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer.
People are more likely to lie in business negotiations done over email or social media than in person, according to a survey from Mattitiyahu Zimbler and Robert S. Feldman of the University of Massachusetts. That's a lot of fibbing. According to Forbes, every fifth negotiation that last longer than ten minutes includes a lie, and that is in person when people are less likely to lie.