I think of myself as fairly savvy when it comes to falling for internet scams, but today I made a mistake. I had mailed some packages on Tuesday, and today I get an email from the post office that there was a problem with one of the addresses and an attachment showed the problem label.
Of course, I addressed these in a rush so it didn't take much for me to believe this email and download the "label." When I did, the file was empty, or appeared to be, and then it struck me that something was wrong and I realized (and a big DUH! to me) that the post office doesn't have my email address.
So then I notice that my virus scan said it was "assessing a risk" or something and that was the end of it. I did a scan of the whole computer, and all it found were cookies.
The only other time I almost got caught is when I ordered a set of drinking glasses from Wal-Mart -- it was the first time I've ever bought from Wal-Mart and a few days after the glasses arrived, I get an email from Wal-Mart asking me to take a survey. I assumed it was because of my first time buying. I went to take the survey and it was badly constructed which I thought was odd from a retail giant like Wal-Mart and then it asked for my credit card number or something when I realized it was a scam.
Thinking back on today's episode, the people who promulgate these viruses and scams are experts at it. I'm trying to quickly go through 120 emails, I had mailed packages a few days ago and my brain is going in 10 different directions. Hopefully there is no damage to my computer, but it's another reminder to be totally cautious.