The IT geeks have taken some body blows lately.
First thing to note is that the "trustworthy" Adobe Acrobat file, the .PDF, is now vulnerable again. All hail the dot PeeDeeEff. It would have died an un-noticed death years ago if not for the dot-gov, which adopted it for all their accessibility, such as it is or isn't.
Kim Komando tells us all about it, and offers work-arounds.
Next, I recently got a phishing email that purported to be an E-Ticket receipt from American Airlines. I was supposed to just download the E-Ticket, print out my ticket, and go to Ohio. Definitely a scam, as a brief Google search revealed, and I noted that the "ticket" was for a flight which occurred over 5 months ago. Probably wasn't even a proper flight number, either, but I didn't go so far as to look it up. There was an attached .rar file, and I believe those are zipped files that are notorious for containing malware.
Then, I got a warning from "my email webmaster" or some similar title I'd never heard of, that a title company in Decatur Georgia, Origin Title, was trying to contact me and had failed. I got three of those phony notifications. No clue here as to what that was about, but I did look up the title company, they exist, and are even well-known in Georgia, and seem to have no connection to scamming. They also have no connection to ME (my property title is held by Chase Bank and is not up for modification, so I don't need a title company at this moment), so into the trash they went, and then I emptied the trash can for good measure.
I've recently made a habit of emptying the trash can for email VERY often, sometimes twice a day. I used to let it go for days to weeks, the puter has such huge storage, but there's a downside: if the messages are still on the server at my ISP, my smartass devices will pick them up when I tell them to look for new mail, or when they check on their own schedule. I then see the same old messages again and again.
You don't suppose that this recent surge in scamming activity has anything to do with the huge email address books prepared by the various political candidates for their use in the past election, do you?